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    Years of Mismatched Dental Work Can Leave Bites Out of Whack

    Have you visited the same dentist your entire life? Most people haven’t. Life happens. You take a new job, you decide to make a fresh start and you move. When you do, you find a new daily routine, a new doctor, grocery store and even dentist. Over the years, dental work done here and there, as needed, can cause changes in the overall fit of teeth. A crown here, an implant there, some fillings over there ... it can create a shift in the balance of your bite. When your bite is out of alignment, things can get painful. Misaligned Bite Can Cause Pain and Even TMJ Disorder  Malocclusion, or a misalignment of the bite, can occur for many reasons. Some of these include: Pacifier or thumbsucking as a child Extra teeth Missing teeth Impacted teeth Misshapen teeth Cleft lip or palate Not only does a misaligned bite cause pain, but...
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    5 Reasons for a Toothache

    shutterstock_195237566The second you feel a twinge of pain when you bite into something, panic sets in. The first thing that comes to mind is a big needle and a drill filling the cavity you’re already convinced you have. The good news is not every toothache means you have a cavity. Take a deep breath, relax and read about five possible reasons for that toothache:   1. You could have a bad sinus Infection. Although it sounds crazy, the roots of your top teeth actually sit very close to the sinuses. When you have a sinus infection, the pressure can cause tooth or jaw pain. Sometimes treating the sinus infection is all you need to relieve the tooth pain. 2. You could be grinding your teeth while you sleep.  Many patients come to Dr. Pappas and are shocked to find out they show signs of grinding their teeth. This is because it...
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    Treating Jaw Joint Pain

    shutterstock_324033263Many patients suffer from joint and muscle pain. Dr. Pappas has spent over 20 years of his career learning and perfecting ways to help alleviate this pain. Using a combination of neuromuscular dentistry and centric relation dentistry, Dr. Pappas helps patients achieve a better bite and, in turn, decreases their discomfort and TMJ-related pain.   Neuromuscular Dentistry The neuromuscular treatment philosophy is all about balance. It’s about finding a perfect resting position of the jaw to create a balanced bite. Using a series of measurement tools such as sonography, electromyography, jaw tracking and TENS, Dr. Pappas can establish the optimum position of the jaw and plan treatment options that can help you achieve and maintain that position. Centric Relation Dentistry Centric relation has had many definitions since its debut in the 1930s. What has been consistent, however, is that centric relation is about the ideal jaw position that creates a comfortable...
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