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Crooked and painful; Cristina’s smile story.

When Cristina noticed how much she refrained from smiling on a daily basis - because her smile was not only crooked, but also literally painful for her - she knew it was time to get it fixed. 

A few caps or crowns here and there didn’t quite do the trick. She spent a long time searching for the right kind of dentist who could help her and her unique issue of an asymmetrical smile.

Is There Room for Improvement in Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Oral health is not separate from systemic health. Conditions impacting the health of teeth and gums have a direct relationship with symptoms and medical complications throughout the body. Gum disease, for example, may result in oral health issues like tooth loss or jawbone necrosis, but when bacteria from gum disease enters the bloodstream, health risks include:

Alternative Treatments for TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders are commonly addressed through neuromuscular dentistry treatments. However, many at-home and alternative treatments have been shown to work very well for pain management and can be performed in conjunction with dental treatment to improve outcomes. Some of these treatments, like acupuncture and biofeedback, can provide long-term relief - as much as 20 years according to studies. Others, like massage and meditation, are free and can be done at any time by anyone.

Is Lockjaw a Dental Emergency?

Lockjaw occurs when muscle spasms cause the jaw to remain tightly closed. Attempts to open the jaw can be extremely painful and even with effort may prove unsuccessful. When lockjaw is a complication of tetanus, it can take weeks or even months for the condition to clear. When it is related to TMJ or another oral health issue, it may continue to occur periodically over the course of your life until you seek proper treatment.

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