Archives for Bruxism

What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Nightguard?

What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Nightguard? August 22, 2018 If Dr. Jill, Dr. Cara and our hygienists have recommended a nightguard for clenching or grinding, that means they have seen signs of damage to your teeth, gums, muscles or jaws.  As part of our commitment to preventive dentistry, we believe it is essential to catch these signs of damage as early as possible and give you the tools to prevent more! What Kind of Damage Results from Nighttime Clenching and/or Grinding? There are many different ways clenching and/or grinding damages the teeth.  It is not likely for a
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Crowns

Crowns July 26, 2017  Most people have heard of the terms “crown” and “cap” in regard to dentistry (they are interchangeable, and dentists prefer the term crown), but few actually understand what a crown is.  This blog will explain this, along with why they are necessary, what types of crowns are available in modern dentistry, and what to expect if you are in need of one. What is a crown? There are actually two meanings of the word “crown” in dentistry, which can sometimes make things confusing.  We will define both here, and the rest of the blog will pertain
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Do I Really Grind My Teeth?

Do I Really Grind My Teeth? May 24, 2017 Some of our patients are surprised when we inform them that we see evidence in their mouths of teeth grinding, or bruxism.  Many people have no idea that they are grinding their teeth.  And what happens very frequently is they come back in six months and say, “You know . . . I think I might be grinding my teeth.  Ever since you told me that six months ago, I’ve been noticing {insert symptom here}.” Signs vs. Symptoms In order to explain this phenomenon of a dentist telling the patient about
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Exciting News for People who Hate Impressions!

Exciting News for People who Hate Taking Dental Impressions! April 12, 2017 Do you hate taking dental impressions (molds) of your teeth? Do you gag easily?  Does the idea of a mouth full of impression material (a.k.a. goo, clay, putty, gobbledy-gook) make your heart race?  You are not alone!  You wouldn’t believe the number of patients who tell us they absolutely hate having dental impressions taken.  It can be uncomfortable for people with strong gag reflexes, small mouths, bony protuberances called tori or exostoses, or claustrophobia.  Get ready to meet the intraoral scanner! We have great news for you: an
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Sleep Apnea

  Why is my dentist asking how I sleep? November 15, 2016 Our patients at Prosper Family Dentistry may be accustomed to the dentists, hygienists, and assistants asking about their quality of sleep, but this is usually something new and/or surprising for patients who are new to our practice.  There are a few reasons dentists are involved in the recognition and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing: Dentists are in a unique position to recognize a potential problem with sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep-disordered breathing often causes dental signs and symptoms that your dentist will notice during an evaluation. One of the treatment options
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