Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD for short, is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that causes a wide range of symptoms, from a sore jaw, to headaches, migraines, tooth pain and more. Although not fully understood what exactly causes TMD, there are many factors that may play a role, and one of these is bruxism.
Intraoral cameras are cameras which are used to see the inside of a patients mouth, in the place of a mirror. These devices are now widely used in dentist offices and allow both the dentist and the patient to have a clear picture of the inside of the mouth, far surpassing the clarity of what a mirror could provide.
Visiting a dentist every six to nine months for regular cleanings and a dentist checkup is an excellent way to keep your teeth shining white, and gums healthy. What many people do not realize, is that your dentist is not only checking for signs of gingivitis and tooth decay, but also conducting an oral cancer screening.
The gums are the soft tissue that protect the roots of your teeth. In some individuals, this tissue can recede resulting in what is called “gingival recession”. If the problem has gotten extreme, then gum surgeries known as gum grafts may be required to fix it.