As a practitioner of General Dentistry, my patients often ask me about the proper frequency of routine office visits for themselves and their family. Today I’d like to share some important information about the need for regular office visits that will ensure the good oral health of you and your family.
The standard recommended interval for your family’s dental check-ups is every six months. This timing will ensure that you receive regular, thorough examinations so we are able to efficiently address problems or potential problems in a timely manner. Scheduling regular, ongoing appointments for exams and cleanings at our Minneapolis Dental Office will ensure that you establish an appropriate routine of at-home oral health care. Most importantly it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you and your family are receiving individualized care and that your oral health care is being monitored regularly by a family dentist who is familiar with your history.
Introducing your young children to regular dental checkups helps get them started on a routine of good oral health care but also allows them to become accustomed to the dentist and the office setting. Many adults who did not have the advantage of regular early childhood office visits developed an aversion to dentists and dental treatments, creating greater potential for oral health care problems in the long-term. The importance of regular office visits is most evident when this routine is not followed and subsequent problems develop, becoming painful, debilitating and costly to correct.
At St. Paul General Dentistry your good oral health is of the utmost importance to us. The goal of routine visits will allow you to maintain your family’s oral health in both the short and long term, ensuring bright and beautiful smiles for all of you!
Colleen, a new patient to my practice, came in with a problem that was causing her a lot of distress. Years earlier, Colleen lost one of her front teeth. She always meant to “have it fixed”, and finally came to the Minneapolis Dental Office seeking a solution. She confided in me that the reason she avoided treatment was because her parents wore dentures and she remembered their complaints about soreness, irritation, difficulty chewing and a host of other problems.
I discussed with Colleen how allowing a missing tooth to continue without a replacement is not only unattractive, but can slowly change the structure of your mouth. Your jaw will change, affecting your bite and your ability to chew and speak properly. Colleen also talked about her loss of self-confidence because of her appearance.
A Dental Implant is essentially a replacement tooth. It is a small titanium post implanted into the jaw bone and held beneath your gum-line. It replaces the root of your missing tooth. The St. Paul Highland Park Dentist will later attach a crown or other appliance to your dental implant to create your new, fully functioning tooth.
Advantages of Dental Implants include:
- Aesthetically Pleasing: Dental Implants look like your natural teeth
- Functionality: They feel and function like real teeth. You can eat and chew without pain or irritation.
- Enjoy Your Favorite Foods: In contrast to the bulky design of dentures, implants can actually allow for the improved enjoyment of textures and flavors of your favorite foods.
- Maintain Bone Structure: Implants help maintain the bone structure of your jaw, preventing unsightly facial changes.
One of my regular patients, Julia, came to our office for a routine examination. During the exam Julia indicated that she had begun to experience pain and stiffness in her jaw and that she seemed to have more headaches than usual. We talked for a bit about other seemingly unrelated symptoms she was experiencing including neck pain and slight ringing in the ears. I told Julia that all of those symptoms strongly indicated a diagnosis of TMJ.
Julia was familiar with the term ‘TMJ’, but didn’t really understand what it is or the effect it could have on her life and general health. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint on either side of your jaw, just in front of the ear, that allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side for biting, chewing, talking, yawning, and making facial expressions. TMJ is also the term frequently used for temporomandibular joint disorders (also referred to as TMJD).
People experience the symptoms of TMJ for any number of reasons and it varies from person to person. It can be caused by stress, teeth grinding and clenching, injury, arthritis, and a number of medical conditions. There currently is no known way of preventing this type of pain from occurring, but St. Paul Dentistry offers many effective pain management options.
We have been successfully treating TMJ longer than anyone in the St. Paul area. You don’t have to live with TMJ headaches and pain, and our non-surgical options provide fast, effective relief. TMJ pain and jaw dysfunction can negatively impact your health and smile in many ways. Our Highland Park, MN Dentist Office takes everything into account when treating TMJ to ensure that you remain pain-free for years to come.
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