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Snow and Sleigh Bells and Stress, Oh My!

bruxismMost of the inhabitants of our beautiful coastal state only dream of a snowy holiday season. Actually, many of us reside here for the mere fact that we can spend our winter months walking in the sand rather than shoveling snow. That doesn’t mean that we don’t thoroughly enjoy every other aspect of the holiday season. Much of the month of December is spent in shopping malls or at parties boasting everything from mistletoe to white elephant gifts. Taking in all of the joys of the season means lots of love and laughter. It can also mean extra stress.

Why does this matter?

Why would we find it important to talk about holiday stress and how to reduce it? Because stress can affect your smile in surprising ways, and it can do so without your knowing. Chances are, you would not imagine that you clench your jaw or grind your teeth. However, if you are under a lot of stress, this could be exactly what you do – all night long. That’s right! The condition is referred to as bruxism, and it happens when you sleep because this is when the mind has a chance to work out the stress triggers of the day.

Beating Bruxism through Stress Management

Stress management is a term that has been floating around for years. It has become so common that we may easily dismiss it as some trendy catchphrase. In reality, we could all benefit from some stress reduction. During the busy holiday season, take a moment every day to sit quietly, to read a book or listen to music. Find time for a long walk with a friend or loved one, or a coffee date in which you can sit back and take a break from your to-do list.

Other ways to reduce stress include cutting back on caffeine, which can be a challenge when you’re trying to keep up with all that shopping. Instead of cutting out your favorite energy-boosting beverage, consider giving yourself a cutoff time of noon. This habit enables you to get the rest you need at night to be restored for the following day. It also lowers the chances that your mind will remain active while you sleep.

We wish our patients the happiest of holiday seasons. To get your smile party-ready, give us a call at (561) 627-9000.

Are You Suffering From Bruxism?

Sometimes Life = Stress. It’s true.

We are all stressed to some degree, making the search for stress-relief very common. Walking helps…so does meditation, yoga and regular exercise. But did you know that stress can manifest itself in unconscious jaw clenching or teeth grinding? This is called bruxism and it affects approximately 40 million children and adults.

Continue reading to learn more:
Bruxism• It is believed by some experts that bruxism is nothing more than a bad habit. But it may be the result of your body’s reaction to your teeth not lining up or coming together properly. This is called your “bite.”
• When your teeth rub together, the outer layers of tooth enamel can wear away and teeth become sensitive. Severe bruxism can damage your teeth and even break dental fillings.
• You may grind your teeth when you sleep. This is called nocturnal bruxism, and sometimes results in waking with a dull headache or facial or jaw pain (TMJ).
• You may grind and clench your teeth during the day…and you may not even be aware that you’re doing it.
• Bruxism may be a side effect of some medicines that treat depression, such as Prozac or Paxil, or it may be a symptom of diseases of the facial nerves and muscles.
• Bruxism symptoms may be alleviated by limiting your intake of caffeine.
• If you suffer from bruxism and think it may be stress-related, try to research strategies that will help you relax.

Some of the symptoms of bruxism are facial pain, headache, popping or clicking in your jaw, tight or painful jaw muscles and broken fillings.

If you think you suffer from bruxism, don’t suffer any longer, call our office for a consultation. There are treatment modalities that can help. At your consultation, we will discuss your medications, your sleep habits, the possible sources of your stress and your general health. We will examine the alignment of your teeth and look for tenderness in your jaw and facial muscles. We look forward to helping you: (561) 627-9000.

Can Bruxism(Teeth Grinding) Get in the Way of My Dental Implant Plans?

The majority of our clients here at our Palm Beach Gardens dental practice are increasingly taking advantage of dental implants for their tooth replacement needs. Aside from looking like your natural teeth, dental implants have proven to support a client’s active lifestyle and significantly improve quality of life. After all, dental implants are already employed and used for tooth replacement for more than 5 decades now.

To maximize success of your dental implant outcome here at our practice, it’s important to know which conditions may compromise the state of your dental implants. One such issue is bruxism or unconsciously grinding your teeth.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) May Affect Dental Implant Outcomes

Just as bruxism alone could accelerate wear and tear of your natural teeth, it can also promote premature wear and tear of dental prosthetics such as your dental implants. Specifically, the implant’s titanium post may be exposed to the damaging forces of your frequent tooth grinding. Although dental implants are actually built to last for a long time, untreated tooth grinding may potentially disrupt the implant and/or its components.

Figuring Out Whether You Have Bruxism or Not

It is estimated that roughly 95 percent of Americans are not aware of their teeth grinding habits, particularly when they’re still asleep. So what are the signs and symptoms that could help you figure out whether you are unconsciously grinding your teeth?  You might want to look out for the following: 

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches upon waking up
  • Neck and shoulder pain upon waking up
  • Tooth damage

Exploring Treatment Options for Your Bruxism Before Having Dental Implants

Assessing whether your have bruxism and exploring your treatment options are part of your evaluation prior to having dental implants here at our dental practice. We will discuss your options in reducing or eliminating bruxism — from wearing mouthguards at night to practicing stress management techniques. Putting bruxism under control should be the priority to avoid the risk of damaging your dental prosthetics.

Get in touch with us today if you’d like to learn more about dental implants. Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000 or you can fill out this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Cracked Teeth: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Cracked-Teeth-924x400-300x129There have been many advances in dental care.  People are keeping their teeth longer. In daily use your teeth are exposed to certain habits like clenching, grinding or chewing on hard objects and over time this can contribute to the formation of cracks in your teeth. The symptoms of cracked teeth can vary greatly. With a cracked tooth commonly a person experience pain when chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold. For many people with cracked teeth the pain can be erratic which can cause difficulty in finding which tooth is the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of different kinds of cracked teeth. Which treatment option will be used largely depends on what type of crack you have, where it’s located and the severity of the crack.

Craze Lines – These are very small cracks that only affect the enamel. This type of crack is very common in adults but causes no pain and is very shallow.  Usually no treatment is needed unless it is a cosmetic issue.  Possible treatment would be bonding or a veneer.

Fractured Cusp – The cusp is the pointed section of the chewing surface of the tooth. If it is weakened a fracture may occur. The cusp may break off from stress or need to be removed by your dentist. After removal the pain usually subsides and a damaged cusp is unlikely to cause any harm to the pulp unless the fracture involves more of the tooth. Treatment may include a bonded restoration, an onlay or a crown depending on the severity of the fracture.

Cracked tooth – This type of crack reaches from the outer surface of your tooth to the root. This type of crack often causes damage to the pulp due to its location and root canal treatment is often needed. Following this your dentist will then use a crown to restore your tooth and protect it. In some cases the crack can reach below your gum line.  If this happens the tooth may need additional treatment to save it or it may need to be removed requiring an implant or bridge.

Split Tooth – Split teeth occur if a cracked tooth is left untreated. Dentists usually aren’t able to save a split tooth and the severity of the crack will indicate whether or not any part of the tooth can be saved. If some of the tooth can be salvaged your dentist will usually recommend a crown or similar restoration.  If this is not possible, the tooth may need to be removed requiring and implant or bridge.

Vertical root fracture – This type of cracks begin in the root of the tooth and reach out to the outer layers. Vertical root fractures often go unnoticed as they display minimal symptoms and usually aren’t discovered until the surrounding bone or tissues become infected. Depending on the severity of the crack, treatment may involve extracting the tooth or saving a part of the tooth through removing the cracked root. If some of the tooth can be salvaged your dentist will usually recommend a crown or similar restoration.  If this is not possible, the tooth may need to be removed requiring and implant or bridge.

 Prevention

There are a number of steps you can take to decrease the risk of cracking your teeth. It’s important to avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or pens. Similarly if you clench or grind your teeth you should consult your dentist as this can often lead to cracks. To protect your teeth against wear from clenching or grinding a night guard can be made.  To protect your teeth from trauma while playing sports or other activity a sports guard may be recommended.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

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Causes of tooth sensitivity

sensitive-teeth-popsicle-300x200Are your teeth sensitive every time you drink something cold, eat some Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  How about when you brush and floss?  You could be suffering from tooth sensitivity.  There are steps you can take to help and improve the health of your mouth. 

What are some of the causes?

You may be brushing with too much force or with a tooth brush that is too hard. 

Over time you can wear down the outer protective layers of your teeth exposing the more sensitive parts of a tooth.  Once this protective covering is gone hot, cold, sweet or sour foods can cause discomfort.  The simple solution to this is switching to a soft tooth brush and brushing more gently.

Your food or drink is acidic

Some foods like tomato sauce and salsa as well as fruits like oranges and grapefruit can cause sensitivity.  Sports drinks or soda are another source of acidic things that should be avoided.

Grinding your teeth

Even though it is the strongest substance in the body grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.  When this happens the middle layer of the tooth is exposed.  Once exposed this layer can be sensitive to all sorts of things.  Even just chewing can make the tooth sensitive.  Grinding can also bruise the ligament that hold the tooth to the jaw which can cause the tooth to be sensitive.

Whitening toothpaste and Mouthwash

Not all toothpaste and mouthwash is the same.  Some companies add chemicals and whiteners to tooth paste that can result in sensitivity.  Mouthwash may contain these chemical as well or have high amounts of alcohol.  Switching to brands without whiteners or alcohol may help.

Gum Disease and Receding Gums

As we age changes occur in our gums.  Excessive amounts of plaque can cause gum disease which could lead to sensitivity or worse such as tooth loss.  It may also lead to receding gums.  When gums recede the more sensitive root area of the tooth is exposed.  Once this occurs not only is the tooth sensitive it is more prone to root decay.  The solution for this is to maintain good daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings.

These are just a few of the causes and some solutions to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

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