Do you have pain in your jaw or the side of your face? Do you have difficulty in opening your mouth or eating? You could be suffering from TMJ disorder or temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction syndrome.
This is the most common temporomandibular disorder and presents with symptoms of pain, restricted jaw movements and a clicking noise in the jaw. Other symptoms include: headaches, neck pain, ear pain and trismus (commonly called lockjaw).
The reasons for this disorder are not clear and are difficult to determine. These could be trauma to the jaw, damage to a disc in the joint, genetic conditions, arthritis, poor occlusion, missing back teeth, clenching or bruxism (grinding of teeth) but these do not necessarily cause TMJ disorder.
Sometimes the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder is short-term and can be relieved with self-managed care. This can include physiotherapy, muscle relaxants, heat application or the use of a non-surgical treatment such as an occlusal splint. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative measures have failed. Rather than reaching this stage it is best to take measures to take care of the jaw joints.
Here are a few ways to take care of the jaw joint:
Come see us for an appointment today to have your teeth and jaw joints checked.
Blog by: Dr Beverly San Pablo
If you are looking for the cost of Invisalign, you most probably already know what Invisalign is.
But still, before we talk about cost, it is important to discuss a bit about it so you can understand the costs.
Invisalign is treatment with which you could make your smile straighter without all that hardware of fixed braces. Better yet, what if the apparatus that straightened your teeth was virtually invisible—and if you could easily remove it from time to time? Actually, this high-tech orthodontic appliance is available right now: It’s called clear aligner therapy or sequential aligner therapy. Invisalign is one of the leading brands which uses this technology.
What exactly are clear aligners? In essence they consist of thin plastic trays, custom fabricated to fit your bite, which are part of a system that can gradually re-align your teeth. Each aligner in the series is worn over your teeth for 22 hours per day, but may be removed for cleaning—and you’ll wear each one for about two weeks before you move on to the next tray in the series.
The removable aligners can be taken out for eating and drinking, and whenever you wish to brush and floss your teeth. It is a great system for busy adults who would prefer their orthodontic treatment to be discreet.
Clear aligners can work well in many circumstances, but they aren’t for everyone. They are most effective in situations where teeth need a small to moderate amount of realignment. For more severe cases of malocclusion (bad bite), traditional braces generally offer a more effective treatment. Also, you must be conscientious about wearing them as often as recommended; that’s why (particularly for teenagers) they can be obtained with “compliance indicators” that tell how much they are being worn. Aligners may cost a bit more than standard braces do in certain cases, but many find that this convenient and discreet system is worth the extra expense.
Generally Invisalign cost depends on extent of movements needed to straighten teeth. There are different options available like Express package, Invisalign lite package, moderate package and comprehensive package. Also pricing can vary between different dentists. You can discuss with your dentist, what Invisalign package will be more suitable for you. Depending on the above factors and what you arrange with dentist, costs can vary roughly from $3700 to $9000.
Wondering whether clear aligners could work for you? Just ask your dentist. After an examination, you’ll have a clearer idea of what needs to be done and what options are available to get a better and straighter smile. To learn more, give us a call.