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Talk with Us If You Struggle with Ringing in Your Ears

Posted on 7/26/2021 by Candice
If you have ringing in the ears, you already know that the sensation is not too pleasant. The following information gives you further insight about why this happens and why you might want to speak to us if you have the problem. What Is Ringing in the Ears? Clinically known as tinnitus, ringing in the ears represents a sound in the head with no apparent external source. For some people, tinnitus is a ringing sound while, for other patients, the sound they hear is a buzzing, chirping, or whistling noise. Some patients report hearing a shrieking or roaring sound. The sound may come and go, pulsate, or be steady. Why Does Tinnitus Occur and Who Does It Affect? Almost everybody experiences tinnitus temporarily when they are exposed to extremely loud sounds. For instance, attending a loud musical concert can lead to the condition, as can taking some medicines. If you take aspirin in a high dose, for example, you can experience tinnitus. The ringing stops once you stop taking the drug. If tinnitus lasts over six months, it is called chronic tinnitus. The condition, which is common among people 55 years old and older, affects approximately 55 million people in the U.S. The condition is frequently associated with hearing loss. Musculoskeletal Tie-Ins In some instances, ringing in the ears happens because of musculoskeletal reasons. Some people, who clench their jaw, grind their teeth, or experience similar muscle tension may experience ear ringing. If you believe these factors tie into your tinnitus, you need to speak to us about the condition. For example, a condition, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) may trigger tinnitus, as can bruxism (tooth grinding), which may cause TMD, or vice-versa. In these instances, we can assist you in finding the underlying cause and treating it. Do you have ringing in your ears? Do you suspect it may be caused by TMD or bruxism? If so, give us a call to arrange an appointment for a consultation now....
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Chewing May Start to Hurt if You Have a Dental Crack You Did Not Know Of

Posted on 7/12/2021 by Candice
No one anticipates pain when they chew; that is part of the reason why it garners such strong reactions from the people who suffer from the experience. To compound these issues, other cracks in your teeth may come from the same or other issues making identifying the cause for the cracking and the treatment for the cracking complex and nuanced. Based on your wishes and professional opinion, we will develop the right treatment plan for you. Why Do Teeth Crack? Teeth can crack for various reasons, including continuous jaw clenching, stress grinding, chewing hard candies or food, or chronic dry mouth, which doesn't allow your teeth to live properly. Further, intense temperature changes can cause them, just as being hit in the mouth can. Teeth are often characterized as strong bones (thanks milk?), but in reality, they are often fragile bones, exposed to the open world and thus in need of protection. What Should I Do If I Have A Cracked Tooth? First and foremost, if you ever experience any sort of dental discomfort, you should call our office and create an appointment as early as possible. If you have a cracked tooth, continuing to use it as normal may make the pain worse or exacerbate the issues, causing increased issues like infections or aches in your ears and jaw. If we find that you have a cracked tooth, there are options available to you, as cracked teeth do not automatically mean extraction when caught early enough. If you believe that you or someone you love is in discomfort from a cracked tooth or from a dental event, please do not hesitate to call or contact us. We will do everything we can to help resolve the situation as quickly as possible....
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Understanding the Oral Biopsy Process

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Candice
If we notice suspicious oral lesions and sores in your mouth, we will recommend a biopsy. A biopsy comprises the extraction of a sample tissue from your oral tissues such as gum, tongue, cheek, or lips and sending them to a pathology laboratory for further examination. This process is vital in the early detection of oral cancer. If detected early, oral cancer is manageable. What to Expect During a Biopsy An oral biopsy comprises the extraction and testing of suspicious tissues in your mouth and surrounding tissues. We will scrape cells from the suspicious area or cut off a small part of your tissue for testing. Also, we may recommend fine-needle aspiration if the lump is on your neck. We will administer anesthesia by numbing the area to extract the biopsy tissue to prevent discomfort during the procedure. We will then remove a small amount of tissue from your mouth and stitch the area. However, the stitching will depend on the location we are extracting the biopsy tissue. If the extraction is on the roof of your mouth, we will administer chemical treatment to stop bleeding and promote healing. What to Expect After Biopsy After the biopsy, you will not feel any pain due to the effect of the anesthesia. Before you leave our office, we will check your mouth to ensure bleeding stops. We will then prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to relieve pain and prevent infection. You should resume your regular schedule the next day after the procedure, and you can also eat normally, but you should exercise care not to open the wound. We will then give you a follow-up appointment during which we will disclose the biopsy test results. If you need further treatment, we will explain this in your follow-up appointment and commence treatment. For more details on the oral biopsy process, contact our office today....
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All Posts:

Talk with Us If You Struggle with Ringing in Your Ears
7/26/2021
Chewing May Start to Hurt if You Have a Dental Crack You Did Not Know Of
7/12/2021
Understanding the Oral Biopsy Process
6/21/2021
Do I Need to be Referred to an Oral Surgeon Through My General Dentist?
6/7/2021
How to Diagnose Sleep Apnea
5/24/2021
Signs of TMD That Most People Do Not Think Of
5/10/2021
Benefits of Gum Graft Surgery
4/26/2021
What Type of Education Does an Oral Surgeon Receive?
4/12/2021
Full Mouth Reconstruction
3/22/2021
What are the Signs of Dental Bone Graft Failure?
3/8/2021
What is Considered Dental Trauma?
2/22/2021
Do You Know How to Properly Care for Your Mouthguard?
2/8/2021
Who is Not an Ideal Dental Implant Candidate?
1/25/2021
What We Do if We Suspect Oral Cancer
1/11/2021
Why Some Teeth Require a Surgical Extraction
12/21/2020
Dental Health Reasons We Hope You Remove Your Oral Piercing
12/7/2020
What We Offer as Periodontal Services
11/16/2020
What Is an Oral Splint Used For?
11/9/2020
Oral Piercing Infections
10/19/2020
Benefits of Getting a Single Dental Implant for Just One Missing Tooth
10/5/2020
Uses of an Oral Splint
9/21/2020
What to Do Should an Oral Emergency Arise?
9/7/2020
Benefits of Sleeping On an Incline After Oral Surgery
8/24/2020
Talk to Us if You Have Swelling In Your Mouth and a Fever
8/10/2020
Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?
7/23/2020
Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues
7/7/2020
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
6/22/2020
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
6/8/2020
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
5/29/2020
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
5/15/2020
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
3/20/2020
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
3/10/2020
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
2/20/2020
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
2/10/2020
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
1/20/2020
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
1/10/2020
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
12/20/2019
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
12/10/2019
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
11/20/2019
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
11/10/2019
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
10/20/2019
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
10/10/2019
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
9/20/2019
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
9/10/2019
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
8/20/2019
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
8/10/2019
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/20/2019
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
7/10/2019
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
6/20/2019
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
6/10/2019
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
5/20/2019
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
5/10/2019
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
4/20/2019
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
4/10/2019
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
3/20/2019
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
3/10/2019
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
2/20/2019
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
2/10/2019
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
1/20/2019
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
1/10/2019
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
12/20/2018
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
12/10/2018
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
11/20/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
11/10/2018
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
10/20/2018
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
10/10/2018
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
9/20/2018
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
9/10/2018
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
8/20/2018
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
8/10/2018
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
7/20/2018
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
7/10/2018
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
6/23/2018
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
6/13/2018
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
5/23/2018
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
5/13/2018
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
4/20/2018
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
4/10/2018
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
3/20/2018
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
3/10/2018
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
2/20/2018
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
2/10/2018
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
1/20/2018
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
1/10/2018
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
12/20/2017
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
12/10/2017
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
11/23/2017
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
11/13/2017
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
10/20/2017
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
10/10/2017
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
9/20/2017
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
9/10/2017
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
8/20/2017
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
8/10/2017
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
7/31/2017
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
7/20/2017
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
6/20/2017
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
6/10/2017
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
5/20/2017
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
5/10/2017
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
4/20/2017
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
4/10/2017
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
3/20/2017
How to Handle Graft Pain
3/10/2017
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
2/20/2017
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
2/10/2017
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
1/20/2017
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
1/10/2017
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
12/20/2016
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
12/10/2016
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
11/20/2016
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
11/10/2016
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
10/20/2016
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
10/10/2016
Fixing an Underbite
9/20/2016
Defining Impacted Teeth
9/10/2016
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
8/23/2016
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
8/13/2016
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
7/30/2016
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