November is National TMJ Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of this common condition along with supporting efforts to find new and innovative ways to treat jaw disorders without surgery.
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In the most general terms, a dentist focuses on oral health and hygiene. A cosmetic dentist focuses on the beautification of the smile. General dentistry involves preventive visits for routine exams, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. It also includes treatment for decay, infection, and discomfort, such as dental fillings, root canal therapy, and tooth extractions.
BOTOX® is a neuromodulator that works to interrupt the signal between nerve and muscle, thereby allowing the muscle to relax. When used for cosmetic purposes, this releases tension in the underlying muscle, producing a smooth look on the skin above.
Bruxism (tooth grinding) is one of the body’s unconscious responses to stress. So too is it one of the risk factors for TMJ, a painful condition related to the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ may include:
Dr. Tabib was recently featured on Gotta Run With Will, a local television program hosted by Will Sanchez. During the video, Dr. Tabib discusses conscious oral sedation and how this service can help nervous and anxious patients achieve optimal comfort during your dental visit. While good for anxiety and dental phobia, dental sedation also works well for patients who struggle with:
Most people, it’s safe to assume, brush their teeth once, maybe twice a day. After breakfast, perhaps. Again before bed. Maybe in between. For years, this has been considered fine: brush your teeth a few times a day and enjoy peak oral health for a lifetime.
Our brains are fascinating things, willing to jump through remarkable hoops to convince us that everything is okay. It is alarming what signs we can casually ignore and what myths we will happily glom onto in an attempt to justify our poor oral health habits.
A dental emergency can be a frightening experience, but taking care of the issue can go a long way towards protecting your long-term health. If you are experiencing a dental emergency in New York City during our normal business hours, Monday -Thursday from 8am - 5pm, we will make every effort to see you on the same day.
If you are a chronic snorer, you may have sleep apnea, a condition during which you stop breathing several times during normal sleep cycles. However, while snoring is perhaps the most commonly noted symptom of sleep apnea, it is not the only one that may indicate the necessity for further testing.