Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common oral surgeries. Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of the mouth and erupt in the late teens or early adulthood, though not all wisdom teeth fully erupt. Generally, most people’s mouths do not have enough room to accommodate wisdom teeth, and they only partially erupt or come in at an angle. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth become impacted, requiring surgical removal to prevent overcrowding, gum disease, tooth decay,[…] Read More
How Is a TMJ Disorder Typically Diagnosed?
One of the body’s most complex joints, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has dual functionality as both a ball-and-socket joint and a sliding joint. The TMJ is responsible for speech, eating, and swallowing. When the TMJ joint becomes damaged or diseased, it can lead to chronic pain and other conditions that further damage the TMJ, causing increasing difficulties for the patient. When TMJ problems occur, the body addresses unstable joints or bite imbalances by overcorrecting them, frequently leading to teeth grinding,[…] Read More
Can Trauma Cause a TMJ Disorder?
Injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can occur in many ways, including trauma to the jaw, head, or neck areas. The TMJ is complex and functions as both a ball-and-socket and sliding joint and is responsible for chewing, talking, and swallowing. Acute trauma to the jaw muscles or bones is the most common cause of TMJ injury, such as a direct blow due to a car accident, sports accident, or physical altercation. Repetitive injury to the muscle tissues, such as[…] Read More
Should I Have All Four Wisdom Teeth Removed at Once?
Due to their location, wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to decay and gum disease that can spread throughout the mouth. Their location also tends to cause overcrowding, misalignment, and damage to other teeth, increasing your risk of developing cavities, infections, and gum disease. Wisdom teeth generally cause issues for most people at some point in their lives. Though some patients do not experience problems with wisdom teeth until their 30s, the majority develop issues[…] Read More
How Common Are Oral Cysts?
Oral cysts are small fluid-filled growths that occur in the mouth. Most commonly found on the inside of the lips, cysts can also develop on the inside of the cheeks, tongue, palate, mouth floor, and around oral piercings. In most cases, oral cysts are harmless and are typically the result of tooth problems or distressed gums. Though certain cysts can contain infectious bacteria if formed around the roots of infected or dead teeth, within the gums, surrounding impacted wisdom teeth,[…] Read More