What is Orthognathic Surgery?

The smile is made up of components other than teeth. An attractive smile requires aligned teeth, proportional gums and jaws that fit together properly. Misaligned jaws are not only unattractive, but they can also compromise the joint’s ability to chew and cause discomfort for patients. Patients with various types of malocclusions can benefit from jaw…

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When is a gum graft recommended?

The gums are important to the well-being and appearance of the smile. When attacked by the bacteria in the mouth, the gums can begin to recede, compromising oral health and the smile’s aesthetics. Receding gums also may expose the tooth’s root, making the teeth more sensitive. In other cases, a patient may be dissatisfied with…

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Options for Denture Wearers

In the past, patients who needed dentures had to settle for traditional appliances held in place by adhesives that were often ineffective. A newer approach, known as All-on-4, can give these denture wearers some relief. This technique uses four dental implants to secure the prosthetic arch, eliminating many of the problems associated with conventional dentures.…

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Is My Headache a Migraine or TMJ Disorder?

Problems with the jaw joint, known collectively as temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders, can cause severe headaches that may seem similar to migraines. In some cases, TMJ can lead to migraines, but the condition can also cause regular headaches. TMJ causes headaches for a variety of reasons. The condition can strain and stress the muscles of the…

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