For patients who desire a beautiful smile, general dental care can be just as important as teeth whitening or any other cosmetic procedure. In order to prevent stains and decay, patients need to maintain good dental habits. This includes obtaining routine general care from your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest provides checkups, cleanings, and treatment for a serious medical problem known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. Dr. Fondriest also educates patients on the proper steps for keeping their smiles gorgeous and bright. In today’s blog, Dr. Fondriest discusses our unique approach to providing the latest in general dental care.
According to the American Dental Association, people should undergo a routine checkup and cleaning at least once every six months. A dental checkup allows to Dr. Fondriest to watch for serious dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Early detection enables Dr. Fondriest to provide immediate treatment, preventing the need for costly and invasive procedures down the road. With a regular checkup, Dr. Fondriest can assess the state of your dental health and recommend the best cosmetic procedures for improving your smile.
Along with a checkup, you should receive a dental cleaning once every six months. A cleaning allows your Lake Forest dentist to remove layers of plaque buildup, brightening your smile and preventing gum disease. The bacteria in your mouth cause plaque buildup. As bacteria break down food particles and multiply, they coat your teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. In addition to increasing the risk of unsightly teeth stains, plaque irritates the gums, leading to inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, untreated inflammation eventually causes the gums to begin pulling away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, the patient may develop gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, tender or red gums, swelling, gums that bleed easily, and loose teeth. Over time, patients may even begin to lose teeth. But with a simple cleaning from the dental professionals at Lake Forest Dental Arts, your smile can stay beautiful and free of embarrassing discoloration.
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Do you experience chronic headaches? What about frequent jaw or face pain? If so, you could be suffering from a medical disorder that pains over 10 million people in the United States, alone. TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull and control all movement of the jaw, including chewing or speaking. TMD occurs when excess strain is placed on the jaw joints, leading a variety of painful symptoms, including:
- Headaches or migraines
- Earaches or tinnitus
- Jaw and face pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Toothaches and worn down teeth
- Clicking or popping sensation in the jaw
- Fractured or broken teeth.
TMD can be caused by a wide array of factors, such as:
- Injury to the jaw or face
- Teeth grinding
- Misaligned jaw
- Wisdom teeth
- Poor dental alignment
At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest provides several general dental techniques for addressing TMD-related pain. After an oral examination, Dr. Fondriest can pinpoint the exact cause of your TMJ disorder. If anxiety is the culprit, Dr. Fondriest may recommend cutting down on the stress in your day-to-day life. Another frequent cause of TMD is teeth grinding or misalignment. To treat these issues, Dr. Fondriest may prescribe an intraoral device. Similar to a mouth guard, this oral appliance repositions the jaw and prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, eliminating teeth grinding and easing TMJ symptoms.
In order to keep your smile beautiful, Dr. Fondriest recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. Also, try to rinse regularly with an antibacterial mouthwash. These routine measures help cleanse your mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles, helping your smile stay bright and rejuvenated.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest General Dentist
Do you need a checkup or a cleaning? Interested in our breakthrough treatment for TMJ disorder? Then talk to Dr. Fondriest today. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we offer patients the latest in innovative cosmetic designs and general dental procedures to obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. Call your Lake Forest general dentist at 847-234-0517.
Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs