Chronic jaw pain, headaches, and jaw clicking are signs of TMJ issues. TMJ refers to a disorder affecting the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints connecting the lower jaw to the skull on each side of the face. TMJ can cause several problems, including a locked jaw and difficulty chewing. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Blome-Wubbles, the experienced dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, can diagnose and treat TMJ disorder.
TMJ Causes and Symptoms
A TMJ disorder is a condition associated with irritation or misalignment of the joints on either side of the face that connect the lower jaw to the skull. When one or both joints become aggravated or move out of alignment, pain and discomfort result. A TMJ disorder is caused by arthritis in the jaw joint, an injury to the jaw, chronic stress, or frequent grinding or clenching the teeth.
A TMJ disorder is associated with several symptoms. Our knowledgeable dentists at our office in Lincoln, NE, can determine if your symptoms are indicative of TMJ and recommend a suitable treatment method. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- A locked jaw
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw area
- Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw joints
- Difficulty chewing
- Neck aches
- Tooth sensitivity
Treatments for TMJ
Several methods are available for treating TMJ disorder. The best course of treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the cause of your TMJ issues. The pain and discomfort are alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription pain relief medications or by applying ice or heat to the affected area. It is also advisable to eat soft foods when experiencing TMJ issues since it's difficult to chew, open, and close the mouth.
For patients whose TMJ issues stem from chronic teeth grinding at night, wearing an oral appliance when sleeping can help. The appliance reduces the effects of grinding and clenching, which aggravate the jaw joints. In some cases, surgery might be the best treatment option. Surgery corrects misalignment of the temporomandibular joints and can repair a dislocated jaw.
If you are experiencing TMJ issues, help is available. Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Blome-Wubbles can discuss different options for treating your TMJ symptoms. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, at (402) 483-7000.
How a root canal from your dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska can help you.
If you are suffering from tooth pain, you may be wondering if it will ever end. The truth is, root canal treatment can completely eliminate tooth pain and still let you keep your tooth. In other words, root canal treatment can save your smile. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska offer root canal therapy that can help you get relief from tooth pain.
You may need a root canal because of damage from dental trauma, an injury to your face or jaws, deep dental decay, or chronic trauma from grinding or clenching. Your tooth has several layers including enamel, dentin, and the pulp chamber, where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. Once the pulp becomes damaged or bruised, inflammation, fluid, and pressure build up inside your tooth, causing pain which can be severe.
When the pulp is damaged, you may experience both painful and non-painful signs and symptoms like these:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that radiates into other areas of your face, jaws, or head
- A red or white bump on your gums appearing next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- A tooth growing noticeably darker or grayer compared to the teeth around it
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist for x-rays and a dental examination. Your dentist may also test the tooth for vitality and temperature sensitivity, two important indicators of whether you need a root canal.
If you do need a root canal, a small opening will be made in the top of your tooth and the damaged pulp tissue will be drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and left there for a few days to a couple of weeks. After the tooth has calmed down, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material which is permanently left inside your tooth. The tooth is sealed up with a permanent filling or protected with a dental crown, and your root canal is complete.
To find out more about root canal therapy and how it can relieve pain and save your smile, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska today.
How can you best take care of your smile? Consistent oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings) removes plaque and tartar, while restorations such as fillings and crowns rebuild dental damage. Here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels provide these services and more to their patients. Considering a crown? Read on to learn more about their benefits.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers and strengthens teeth that have been compromised by decay, injury, infection, or poor shape and size. These days, high-quality porcelain is the material of choice for most crowns, particularly those that anchor fixed bridges, cover dental implants, and rebuild teeth that have been treated by root canal therapy.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Your dentist in Lincoln would recommend a crown to:
- Beautify a tooth
- Spare a tooth from extraction
- Regularize smile appearance (a tooth looks too small as compared to its neighbors)
- Provide long-term protection from bacteria, trauma, and misalignment
The crown treatment
It's comfortable and takes just two visits to Blome Family Dentistry. Your dentist confirms the need for a crown with a careful examination and an X-ray screening. Then, the doctor reshapes the tooth, sizing it to accept the crown. Oral impressions help the dental lab fashion the crown, while photos and specific instructions from your dentist ensure proper color.
During your second office visit, the dentist removes your temporary crown and cements the permanent one on your tooth. Any needed adjustments for bite and fit are made at this time.
Caring for a crown
Once you have your new crown, you'll notice a tremendous improvement in your personal appearance. Your tooth will look and function quite naturally, and care is easy. Simply:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque and its harmful bacteria.
- Avoid brittle foods, such as hard candy and nuts.
- Get twice-yearly cleanings and examinations at Blome Family Dentistry.
Tooth enamel is super-hard, says the American Dental Association (ADA), having a mineral content of about 96 percent. Yet, problems can happen. That's where realistic restorations such as crowns come in.
Call Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Blome Wubbels here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, to find out if a crown is right for you. Phone our friendly staff at (402) 483-7000 to book a consultation.
Find out how sealants protect your child’s back teeth from cavities.
As a parent we know how important it is to be able to keep your child’s smile healthy and problem-free. Of course, brushing those back teeth can sometimes pose a challenge. After all, those ridges on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars can easily trap plaque and food, which can lead to cavities. One way our Lincoln, NE, family dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels can help combat this problem is by placing dental sealants.
What is a dental sealant?
This thin coating made from a special medical-grade plastic is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to seal out food, plaque and bacteria, which can get trapped within the grooves and ridges. By placing these sealants on molars, our Lincoln, NE, family dentist can greatly reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities on these more susceptible teeth.
When should my child get dental sealants?
Once your child’s first set of molars have erupted it’s time to talk with our dentist to find out if sealants are the best option for your child. This usually occurs around the age of 6 or 7 years old. Once your child’s second set of molars erupt (typically around the age of 12 years old) you will also want to place dental sealants over these teeth as well.
How are sealants placed?
Your child can get sealants right here in our office. The process is simple and sealants can even be placed after your child’s routine cleaning. Once their teeth have been cleaned our dentist will place a special gel over the tooth to help the sealant stick to the enamel.
Once the gel has dried it’s time to place the sealants. The material may be transparent or there may be a slight tint to it so that it matches the tooth. Sealants are not visible. Once the sealant is painted on, it will be hardened into place with a special curing light.
Does my child need sealants?
While getting dental sealants is a personal choice, all children can benefit from getting dental sealants. Getting them is painless and easy, and sealants can greatly reduce your child’s risk for cavities in hard-to-reach back teeth. There are no drawbacks to getting sealants and they could protect your child’s teeth for up to 10 years.
Have questions about dental sealants? Want to get sealants for your child? If so, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, today and let us know. We can plan to place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning.
Did you know there are important health benefits to having a straight smile? It’s true! In addition to improving your appearance, a straight smile can also help keep you healthy. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, offer a wide range of dental services, including orthodontic treatment to help you and your smile.
When you have a straight smile, it’s much easier to keep clean. Brushing is more effective, and flossing is much easier because the floss won’t get stuck in between tight teeth. If your teeth are crowded, it’s also very easy to shred the floss and leave a small amount of floss behind. This small amount of floss attracts plaque, which can destroy the health of your smile.
Plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins which can inflame and infect your gums, causing gum disease. The infection can spread to the bone that supports your teeth, causing you to lose bone. Lost bone can make your teeth loose, and you could eventually lose teeth.
A straight smile helps you avoid gum and periodontal disease because you can get rid of plaque more effectively. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you are able to keep your mouth healthy, it helps protect you from an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.
A straight smile also reduces stress and wear-and-tear on your teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment can reduce your risk of developing temporomandibular joint problems which can cause headaches, jaw aches, facial pain and other issues. A straight smile also reduces the risk of tooth damage, lessening the possibility of you needing crowns and other restorations in the future.
You deserve to enjoy the health benefits of a straight smile and your dentist can help you achieve it. To find out more about types of orthodontic treatment and other dental services, call (402) 483-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blome and Dr. Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, today!
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