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By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
December 14, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   tmj   tmd  
CommonWaysWeCanTreatYourTemporomandibularDisorderTMD

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), which was formerly known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), is an interesting condition because it can be hard to diagnose and often mimics many other conditions. It arises when there are problems inside the temporomandibular joint, and the muscles attached to it, causing pain. When treating TMD, we typically start by relieving the symptoms of pain and discomfort with heat, mild pain medications, a diet of soft foods, and some simple jaw exercises. We feel that it is critical to address your pain issues as soon as possible before preceding any further with treatment.

Once we have provided some pain relief and after having completed a thorough history and examination, we can move to the next phase of treatment. This may include the introduction of a bite guard or some form of oral appliance therapy. A bite guard is an unobtrusive yet rigid plastic horseshoe-shaped appliance that fits snuggly over the biting surfaces of the upper teeth. When in place and properly adjusted, this custom-made appliance allows your muscles and therefore jaw joints to relax. And it will prevent you from grinding your teeth, another contributing factor to TMD. We will probably ask you to wear it when sleeping or in times when you are feeling stressed when clenching or grinding habits may be active. We may also suggest that you obtain some relaxation therapy and/or biofeedback from a licensed therapist, as this can prove helpful in treating TMD.

If you have suffered from frequent jaw pain in the past and suspect that you may have TMD, please let us know so that we can address it at your next appointment. Or if you are currently in constant or severe pain, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. You can learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for TMD by reading “TMD — Understanding The Great Imposter.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
December 05, 2012
Category: Oral Health
TestingYourOralHealthIQ

Everyone agrees that education is an important part of personal growth. However, one area of study that often slips through the cracks centers on oral healthcare basics. And whether or not we all do it as often as we should, most people know they should brush and floss their teeth daily. But other than that, do you feel you are knowledgeable and thus have a healthy dental IQ?

We have developed a quick and easy oral health IQ test to help you self-assess your expertise. The answers are listed at the bottom of this article.

The Quiz

  1. What has been the largest, single factor influencing the decline in tooth decay over the past 40 years in America?
    1. Fluoridated water
    2. Fluoridated toothpaste
    3. Flossing
    4. Sealants
  2. Your dentists can help treat which of the following problem(s)?
    1. Halitosis (bad breath)
    2. Snoring and sleep apnea
    3. Headaches, Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
    4. All of the above
  3. The most important aspect of brushing your teeth is...?
    1. The brand of toothpaste you use
    2. Your brushing technique and frequency
    3. The brand of your toothbrush
    4. Using an electric toothbrush
  4. At a minimum, how often should you have a thorough dental evaluation?
    1. Every six months
    2. Once a year
    3. Every five years
    4. Only if you are experiencing pain
  5. At a minimum, how often should you have your teeth professionally cleaned?
    1. Every six months
    2. Once a year
    3. Every five years
    4. It depends on your age and oral health

Want to learn more?

Contact us today to discuss your questions or to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Oral Hygiene Behavior.”

The Answers

1) a = fluoridated water, 2) d = all of the above, 3) b = your brushing technique and frequency, 4) b = once a year, 5) d = It depends on your age and oral health

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 27, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures
ArePorcelainVeneersRightForYou

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile and would like to change it, we can help you determine what will work best, from a simple whitening to brighten your smile to a complete smile makeover — the possibilities are almost limitless! Consider a “Smile Design” customized just for you. One method of improving your smile is with porcelain veneers. Porcelain laminate veneer tooth restorations are thin layers of dental ceramic — a glass-like material created by dental laboratory technicians, the “artists” who exactly mimic natural teeth making them straighter, whiter, and brighter. They are used to replace worn, dull-looking stained enamel. In addition to making your teeth and smile whiter and brighter, veneers can even be used to change tooth shape and color, close small spaces, and reshape slightly crooked or mis-shapen teeth.

In order to determine if porcelain veneers are a viable solution to help you achieve the smile you have always longed for, consider the following questions:

  • Do you want to permanently alter the appearance of your smile?
  • Are you hoping to make improvements to your smile that don't take a very long time to complete?
  • Are you looking for a way to improve your smile with minimal or even no removal of your natural tooth material?
  • Would you like to have more evenly aligned teeth?
  • Do you want to change the color of your teeth?
  • Do you want whiter teeth and a brighter smile?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes and whitening or other treatments have not given you the smile you want, we can help you assess the feasibility of porcelain veneers as one of the many options to enhance and improve your smile. We can fully discuss all the benefits, risks, alternatives, and costs associated with improving your smile.

Call us to make an appointment for a Smile Design consultation and we can get started. If you would like to read more information about porcelain veneers, as well as see a few before and after photos, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced With Porcelain Veneers.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 19, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures
EnhanceYourSmileThroughTeethWhitening

In modern society, a bright, white smile conveys optimal health, youth and sound teeth. However, various influences including age, wear, diet, and lifestyle may prevent you from having and maintaining the glistening smile you long to share with the world. Luckily, there are many safe, inexpensive, and successful treatment options for discolored or stained teeth.

We can perform a “power bleaching” in our office to whiten teeth that are severely stained or discolored. This procedure whitens the external surfaces of the teeth by using a high concentration (35-45%) hydrogen peroxide solution, which is sometimes activated by a specialized light. To prevent irritation of the mouth's soft tissue lining during this procedure, we will isolate your gums and membranes with a rubber dam, a silicone or other effective barrier. Professionally applied in-office power bleaching provides control, speed, and predictability capable of lightening teeth up to ten shades in an hour. Don't try this at home! Our staff will take precautions in the office to avoid side effects and possible tooth sensitivity.

We can also provide you with custom-made, vacuum-formed, plastic bleaching trays for use with a take-home whitening application. In this instance, a gel made from carbamide peroxide (4-7% hydrogen peroxide, safe for home use) is delivered to the tooth surfaces in the bleaching trays. You will need to wear the tray for 30 minutes twice a day, which is a longer process than in-office bleaching. The first subjective signs of whitening will occur after three or four sessions, allowing whitening of up to eight shade units.

Another home-based option, whitening strips, essentially look like band-aids for the teeth. They are capable of lightening teeth by about three shades after being worn directly on the surface of the teeth for 30 minutes twice a day for one week.

If you have always wanted whiter teeth, schedule an appointment so we can determine which of these treatment options would work best for you. For more information on the fundamentals of teeth whitening, read the informative Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter...”

1)Singin' in the Rain                                            

Do you have kids? One rainy day, I was humming, and realized she'd never seen "Singin' in the Rain." Not her fault, it was before her time. Well, it was in the library, we took it home for movie night, and she LOVED it. I've since been making a list of "classic" movies, old & new, that she should see, and thought I'd share, in the order I'm showing them to her. I've got 40 on the list, so I'll add 1 a day, be done before Thanksgiving, but would appreciate any additions you might have. Remember, no "R" and only mild PG-13's!


2)Big                                                                        Having "movie night" is a great incentive to get homework done, and a great way to get them a little modern culture and enjoyment. 2 down 38 to go.... 


3)1776                                                                    "Movie night" doesn't always have to be funny. While studying US history, before the big Phila class trip, my daughter fell in love with this musical! 3 down 37 to go....


4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit                            Seems like a good idea to mix it up a bit, alternate cartoon with real, funny with (semi)serious. Feel free to give me suggestions to add to the list, I'll give you credit! 4 down 36 to go....


5)Our Man Godfrey                                                Even though it's black & white, this feel good, romantic comedy has happiness, & a social message still relevent today. Feel free to post suggestions, or forward for more! 5 down 35 to go....


6)Back To The Future                                            I'd forgotten how much swearing this has (for younger folks), but it's fun, exciting and a modern classic. Thanks for all the "Likes" to get more suggestions for us all! 6 down 34 to go....


7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory             More fun & lighthearted than the remake, great songs, no nightmares. Anyone know any other originals more fun than the remakes to add? 7 down 33 to go....


8)Airplane                                                                 Wackiness at it's best! How could you not expose your kid(s) to this kind of humor?!? Not just entertainment, it's film/cultural education too! 8 down 32 to go....
 

9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
OK, it's TV, but one of the best,most awarded Star Trek's. Happy & sad. Remember, kids' minds are a blank canvas, and it's up to us to sketch the outline so they can fill it in. 9 down 31 to go.... 

10)ET
Did you see Spielberg on 60Min? Classic movie! Have to include it. Anyone want to vote on including "Rocky"? 10 down 30 to go.... 

11)On The Town
This is an amazing movie you’ve probably never seen either! Check out this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CIgWZTdgw Loaded with famous people & songs every kid should grow up having heard once. Let me know any suggestions! I’ll put the past descriptions of each on our website http://www.DentistSpa.com/ 11 down 29 to go.... 

12)Field Of Dreams
With the storm coming, what better time for an uplifting, emotional charge, the ultimate father/son film. Be safe, let me know if you need help from the storm. 12 down 28 to go....

13)Star Wars                        Star Wars came out in the 70's! Classic, a part of American history. I feel it's *my* duty to make my daughter experiences it. Be safe, let me know if you need any help. 13 down 27 to go....
 

14)Ghostbusters

Halloween, it's a natural! Not too scary, good effects, happy ending. Please forward this reminder to all your friends to bring "extra" (unwanted) candy over to the office, so we can send a big collection and make our troops happy! 14 down 26 to go.... 

15)Sleepless in Seattle
Nothin' better on a cold night than to snuggle up and watch a family romantic comedy together (then hang on to that romantic feeling for... later...). I'm amazed at all the candy pouring in. Feel free to write notes to our troops to be included with all the candy on our blog &, like or share this to spread the word http://www.dentistspa.com/blog/post/welcome-to-the-dentistspa.html 15 down 25 to go.... 

16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Have *you* even seen this Henry Fonda classic? Teach your kids the elegant beauty (and the dark side) of our democracy, in this romantic adventure. Feel free to vote on movies!
16 down 24 to go.... 

8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
15)Sleepless in Seattle
14)Ghostbusters
13)Star Wars
12)Field Of Dreams
11)On The Town
10)ET
9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
...

8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

18)The Incredible Mr. Limpet
On TCM Sun! Don Knotts as you've never seen him... Winning WWII for us, who could ask for more? Well, if it's you, & you like the entire movie list, you can check it out tonight, then on our blog, with all the movie comments I've made, and you can also comment & suggest, but going forward I feel the list is too long here, in this form. I'm always open to suggestion!
18 down 22 to go.... 





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