Archives for TMJ

What is Xylitol, and How Can it Make My Mouth Healthier?

What is Xylitol, and How Can it Make My Mouth Healthier? December 12, 2018 Xylitol is slowly making its way to the top of the list of sugar alternatives and sweeteners for people trying to cut back on sugar intake.  Lowering sugar consumption is good for your entire body, not just your teeth.  Of course, dentists have always urged people to limit the amount of sugar they eat or drink on a daily basis.  Now we have a great alternative to recommend! What is Xylitol? Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol, derived from plants.  The most commonly used source
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Frequently Googled Questions about TMJ

Frequently Googled Questions about TMJ, Part 2 October 24, 2018 This week’s blog continues our two-part series in answering Frequently Googled Questions about TMJ.  A proper understanding of the TMJ goes far beyond the reach of a dental school education and requires dentists who purposefully seek out that deeper understanding through years of study.  Both Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara have extensive advanced education in this most complicated joint in the body. What are TMJ Headaches? There are a couple of different kinds of headaches caused by TMJ problems.  The most common is a muscle tension headache in the temples
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FGQs about TMJ, Part 1

Frequently Googled Questions about TMJ, Part 1 October 17, 2018 TMJ is a phrase thrown around by many but understood by few.  The plethora of questions googled about TMJ tells us that.  Many people suffer from problems with their jaw joints.  They are often told by doctors or dentists that they simply have “TMJ”, but it is usually not quite so simple. Because of the complicated nature of this joint and all of the questions regarding it, this will be the first in a two-part blog series on the questions people most commonly ask google about the TMJ.           What is
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Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take?

Why Does My Dentist Ask So Many Questions about the Medicine I Take? September 26, 2018 That’s a great question!  Both medicine and dentistry have changed drastically over the past few decades. An old anecdote said that dentists built their offices on the second floor of buildings for a reason.  If the patient was healthy enough to climb the stairs to get to the dentist, he was healthy enough to have a tooth pulled. Things are not quite so simple today.  First of all, we have elevators.  Secondly, and more importantly, we have more medications than ever, and these medications
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Dr. Jill Lectures at the Southwest Dental Conference

What PFD Has Been Up To: Dr. Jill Lectures at the Southwest Dental Conference September 19, 2017 At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to lifelong learning and the continual furthering of our knowledge.  Because dentistry is an ever-changing profession and our most important goal is taking excellent care of our patients, we place a high priority on dental education. As in most professions, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants must meet a minimum requirement of hours of education in order to maintain an active license.  Our doctors exceed the required hours of continuing education by five times or more. The Southwest
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TMJ Disorder and Dysfunction

TMJ Disorder and Dysfunction April 19, 2017 What is TMD? TMD stands for temporomandiblar disorder. People commonly refer to this as “TMJ”. TMJ actually means temporomandiblar joint. We all have two TMJ’s. TMD is what dentists refer to when the joint has a problem. There are many different types of problems and different levels of severity of these problems. What is TMJ? TMJ is the temporomandiblar joint which connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw. It is the most complex joint in the body due to the fact that it is the only joint in the body where the
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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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What PFD Has Been Up To

What PFD Has Been Up To March 1, 2017 In February 2017, we had a Facebook post with the widest reach in our social media history!  We get pretty excited about that, and what we’re even more excited about is the subject of that post.  Dr. Jill was invited to give a presentation (called a table clinic) to the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry at their annual meeting in Chicago, and she presented information on why dentists should use their 3D imaging to evaluate the upper cervical spine . Why in the world are we looking at your neck? TMJ pain?  Headache? 
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What PFD Is Up To – Feb 2016

What PFD Is Up To February 23, 2016 This week, Dr. Jill and Dr. Lara are returning to Chicago to attend the American Equilibration Society’s annual scientific meeting. Why did they choose this meeting? Because their mission is this: “AES is the leading organization of dental professionals advancing the science and clinical application of knowledge in Occlusion, TMD and Comprehensive Oral Care for the well being of those we serve.” That phrase, “Comprehensive Oral Care”, pretty much sums up what we are all about at PFD. If you’re a patient of ours, you know that we look beyond the teeth
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