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Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
When you burn your mouth, you might simply assume that there's not much you can do. You may eat some ice cream or suck on some ice after it happens, but then you probably accept that you're just going to have to wait for it to heal on its own. In many cases, this is true. A burn from eating hot food is usually not serious and will heal on its own without any problems. However, there are some cases where you need to come see us to deal with the burn. More Severe Burns However, while most oral burns do fall into the first-degree burn classification, it is possible to get a more severe burn in your mouth. In fact, you can even have a third-degree burn in your mouth if you try to eat or drink something that's incredibly hot. A second-degree burn can damage the tissue on your tongue and mouth, leading to blisters. A third-degree burn damages multiple layers of tissue, leaving it charred. All of these burns are incredibly painful, but second- and third-degree oral burns need to be handled immediately. Call us right away, and if it's after hours, go to the emergency room immediately. Home remedies are not enough for these severe burns. The Possibility of Infection Another reason why we may need to examine your burn is that burns do open the body to infection, especially burns that result in blisters. These blisters can become infected, which in turn can lead to a number of other health concerns. If you have any blistering in your mouth, you need to call us to set up an appointment as soon as you can. Overall, most oral burns are fairly minor and will heal up on their own, but severe burns need to be treated as soon as possible. Don't hesitate to call us if you've burned your mouth and believe it needs attention....
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What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
If someone punches you in the jaw, it will probably cause some pain. When it comes to why someone experiences jaw pain, that is what a lot of people think the cause is. There are a few other reasons that a jaw hurts that are probably more common than getting punched in the face. There are also ways to treat these problems so that the jaw no longer hurts. Toothaches and other Dental Issues When you have a toothache, it can affect more than just the tooth with a cavity. The longer the cavity goes untreated, the worse it gets and the more trouble it creates. Over time the pain from the toothache can end up radiating down to the jaw. Pain from a toothache can cause dull, constant pain in the jaw or it can cause sharp pains in the jaw. Either way, it is possible to get rid of the jaw pain by treating the toothache or any other dental issue you face. Bruxism and Teeth Grinding There are many people who grind their teeth when they sleep. Some people struggle with this when they are awake as well. Grinding of the teeth puts pressure on the jaw. It causes the jaw muscles to work. It can put stress on the joi9nt connecting the jaw to the skull. All these things associated with teeth grinding and bruxism can a cause the jaw to hurt. For people who grind their teeth when they sleep, the jaw hurting in the morning is one of the main symptoms of bruxism and teeth grinding. There are different types of treatment to help alleviate the jaw pain that can occur. TMJ Temporomandibular Joint disorder affects the joint where the jaw connects to the skull. When the joint does not function properly, it can lead to a variety of problems including pain in the jaw. There are different causes for TMJ that include teeth grinding and trauma and treatment for the problem depends on the cause of the TMJ. We don't want people to ignore the pain they have in their jaw. There are ways to treat the pain once the cause is found. The key is to look at what the symptoms are to determine the reason. Once that is done, a treatment plan is possible. If you have pain in your jaw, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
It is a common thought that when your wisdom teeth begin to come in, a visit to our office is necessary. They think that the only solution is to pull out the wisdom teeth. The problem is that not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Instead, people can allow their wisdom teeth to grow in. Understanding why this can happen can help people know what to do when their wisdom teeth begin to erupt. What Wisdom Teeth Need It is possible for a person to have the wisdom teeth grow in without causing them any problems. In order for this to happen, there are several things that have to happen. The first thing is there has to be enough space in the mouth to fit the teeth. The wisdom teeth come in behind the last set of molars. If you can fit a finger back there and feel soft tissue, it is possible there is enough space for the wisdom teeth to emerge without problems. The second thing that you need is for the wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Problems can arise if the wisdom teeth are not positioned properly to fit into the mouth or if they grow at an angle or in some other way that creates problems. The wisdom teeth also need to be free of diseases. It is possible that they may already have bacteria on them that causes them to decay or that could cause problems for the other teeth and gums as the wisdom teeth emerge. Wisdom teeth can fully emerge, partially emerge of become impacted. Most people are not lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth fully emerge and remain healthy, but it can happen. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact the dental professionals at our office to schedule an appointment....
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All Posts:

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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