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how to diagnose tmj disorder

How to Diagnose TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joints, also commonly referred to as TMJ are some of the joint muscles in the face. They are located near the ear, at the point where your jawbone meets your skull. The TMJ is the joint used to open and shut your mouth, heavily moved while eating or speaking. So when this joint begins to severely ache and cause massive pain, it is a serious problem.  

If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ often, you should seek dental attention, as soon as you possibly can – you may be experiencing the discomfort from a TMJ disorder. There are many reasons you could be experiencing the pain. Most common, TMJ causes come from arthritis, dislocation, or grinding of the teeth from stress.  

When you go to a doctor for medical attention, they will run a series of tests on you to ensure they treat the correct thing. There also are tests you can perform on yourself before seeing your doctor, to make sure you are describing the proper symptoms. The tests you as well as your doctor will perform are basic, but they do the trick. When you or they are making sure it is in fact the TMJ you are feeling the pain from, they will touch the side of your jaw for any swelling or tenderness. Another test you may go through is seeing if the jaw is making any noise when it is moved. After a few rounds of different checks, your doctor may diagnose you with TMJ disorder.  

If you are experiencing these symptoms, and have been diagnosed, treatments you may be advised to follow include:
  • Exercising the jaw muscles
  • A night guard to stop grinding your teeth
  • Or even muscle relaxers
  If these treatments do not work in your situation, your dentist then may need to do a jaw adjustment or reshape your teeth for the proper bite. See your dental medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is important to take care of your overall health, so schedule a consultation.
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Why You Should Floss

When growing up, we were always taught to brush our teeth – and you should. But along with brushing your teeth daily, you should be flossing on a regular basis. Flossing will remove plaque and debris in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, your teeth may experience a buildup of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you floss along with brushing your teeth, you will notice your gums and teeth will be much healthier.

When you are deciding which dental floss to use, you will come across two different types: nylon and single filament. You can get nylon floss either waxed or un-waxed, and it comes in flavors. Nylon floss is made up of several strands of nylon material, meaning it can shred or snag between teeth. Single filament floss, even in the tightest of areas between your teeth, is impossible to shred or tear. As long as you are flossing regularly, it does not matter what type of floss you choose. Flossing is recommended by dentists, as it can reach hard places, where food tends to settle.

The main problem many people have with flossing is the fact that it can result in bleeding of the gums. Anytime you floss and get between your teeth and around your gums, the floss will rub against your gums, resulting in the occasional bleeding. Many people take this the wrong way, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common and should not deter you from flossing. If the bleeding seems out of the normal for you, consult with your dentist.

No toothbrush is designed to get every area of your mouth. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque will continue to build up until they eventually result in a cavity or decay. To get this debris and plaque before it builds up into something more serious, you’ll need to floss. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’ll to brush and floss your teeth. Regular checkups with your dentist will help as well, although it is up to you to continue your regular maintenance at home with flossing and brushing. If you floss on a daily basis – you’ll quickly realize just how clean your teeth and gums will be.

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Types of Foods That Pose a Threat to Your Oral Health

Following a practical diet plan can be challenging for some individuals. Which is completely reasonable since food is something that people indulge in for different reasons. Alas, the old saying of “you are what you eat “holds real weight to your oral wellbeing. I think we can all agree that nobody wants a worn down and plaque infested set of teeth. To better assist you in determining how to navigate a healthy diet that profits not only your oral health and your overall wellness all at once we’ve created a small guide that clarifies what food types to stay away from and why.

Extremely Acidic and Overly Sugary Foods

Research studies have shown that microorganisms in our mouths feed on the different substances that make up sugar. For example, if you binge yourself with sweet foods all that sugar begins to coat your teeth slow transforming them into sugary mound of plaque. Think of your favorite box of candy as a trojan horse and your mouth as the city of Troy. Your pretty much secretly inviting sugar to be stored in your mouth and that’ll end up becoming plaque and tartar build up resulting in toothaches and other oral problems

On the flipside of that conversation, excessively acidic foods also pose a huge threat to your teeth. These kinds of foods are already acidic in nature so the acid in these foods will begin to wear down and slowly start to deteriorate your teeth. This usually results in tooth decay and causes bad breath or even the overall loss of your teeth.

Food Isn’t Simply for Fun

At the end of the day food is supposed to provide us with energy making us feel significantly healthy and balanced in all aspects of our lives. It’s not expected that you drop all your preferred sugary foods after reading this, but we at least want you to be mindful and comprehend the damages these foods can cause to your dental healthcare if kept unchecked. If you are still uncertain regarding picking the appropriate foods and want more information, contact our office today to arrange an appoint to talk with Dr. Jeremy Jones. Also feel free to talk with any of our experienced personnel at Dentistry of Fishers we can help with any of your dental related concerns. We are currently located in the Fishers, Indiana area. We look forward to helping you reach you dental healthcare goals.

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Oral Healthcare Tips

Oral Healthcare Tips

At a very early age, we’ve all been taught that oral healthcare is something that should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, a lot of us in our adult lives have a tendency to spend less than a minute when brushing our teeth. This isn’t an adequate amount of time to properly clean your teeth. The appropriate amount of time to clean your teeth takes about 2 minutes. You might want to think about utilizing a stopwatch the next time you brush to make certain you’re getting the right amount of time to take care of your teeth.

Brushing Method
When brushing your teeth, use brief, gentle circular motions and try to stay clear of using unnecessary pressure so you don’t damage your gums. Concentrating on hard to get to places like the areas in between your teeth should be a big focal point. Likewise, ensure you hit all your teeth’s surface areas like the outside and inside of your upper and lower arches.

Toothbrush Selection
You’ll need to have a great toothbrush to get the most out of cleaning your teeth. You should choose brushes that have soft bristles, soft bristles aren’t as harsh on your gums and will help get rid of debris from your teeth. Brushes with a little head are also favored, as it can reach more areas in the mouth.
Keep in mind to change your brush every few months. You’ll recognize when it’s time to update your toothbrush when it starts to show indications of wear and tear. Once the bristles begin to wear down, they can tear away at your gum tissue.

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If you look after your teeth correctly by following these methods, you will keep them away from infections and prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. Bear in mind that you still need to go to your dentist for regular examinations. For even more oral health tips, contact our office today to set up an assessment with Dr. Jones. Our well-informed team at Dentistry of Fishers is here to answer any kind of concerns you might have about all points dental related. We are currently situated in the Fishers area in Indiana to better aid you with all your oral healthcare needs.
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Implant Supported Dentures: Permanent Dentures Replacement

It takes some time to get used to the idea of living without your natural teeth even when you have had a lot of time to prepare. It is possible to lose teeth due to decay or trauma, but often, it happens because of age. Dr. Jeremy Jones and the professional staff at Dentistry of Fishers offer a number of solutions to help those who have lost multiple teeth. If the idea of traditional dentures does not sit well with you, then you may consider the popular option of implant supported dentures. Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures  Traditional dentures do get the job done and they are quite affordable, but they also come with some drawbacks. They tend to slip even when there is a bonding paste or strip in place. They must be removed and cleaned every night. They also often need to be replaced as the gum line changes and the bone in the jaw atrophies. On the other hand, implant supported dentures offer numerous benefits: 
  • Implants help support the jaw bone. The implant posts are embedded into the jaw to stimulate the bone and prevent deterioration.
  • They keep the dentures secure. Once in place, the dentures do not move around or require special paste or adhesive strips to stay in place.
  • You can eat more of your favorite foods. Because the dentures are held securely in place, you can eat most of your favorite foods that you otherwise would not be able to.
  • They can last up to a lifetime. Implants are a permanent solution that last for decades or up to a lifetime with proper care. 
Schedule a Consultation To Learn More  There are many great reasons to consider getting implant supported dentures over traditional dentures. Before you make your decision, you need to make sure you are a good candidate for the implant procedure. Contact our office today to schedule your implant consultation with Dr. Jones.
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What Is Laser Dentistry?

Getting in to see your dental professional regularly is an important part of preventing the spread of gum disease, which can occur even if you are good about brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Leaving the disease untreated may lead to its progression and additional damage to the teeth and gums. When it reaches a certain point, surgery may become necessary. Luckily, laser dentistry offered by Dr. Jeremy Jones at Dentistry of Fishers presents an effective way to combat gum disease in Fishers, IN. But what is laser dentistry?

The Procedure

Laser dentistry is still a type of surgical procedure, but it is less invasive than traditional methods. It involves the use of a special laser tool that your dental professional should be trained and familiar with. The tool concentrates the laser to a specific part of the gums, and just the diseased portions are treated without harming the healthy parts of the gums. You may have the option of sedation during the surgery, but you should be able to get back to your normal routine faster than you think.

Effective Gum Disease Treatment

Lasers are effective for treating gum disease because they can target the affected areas without harming the healthy ones. There are several advantages to choosing this procedure:
  • Less Invasive: While the lasers still “cut away” the diseased tissue, there are no traditional incisions to worry about with laser dentistry, making it a less invasive procedure.
  • Less Pain: Because there are no incisions, there is also less pain associated with treatment. Most over-the-counter medications can help control any discomfort.
  • Shorter Downtime: It does not take as long to recover from laser gum treatment, and you may even be able to get back to work immediately.

Arrange a Consultation Today

Dr. Jones and our staff can help you manage the effects of gum disease. To learn more about our treatment options and to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.
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Have You Scheduled Your Spring Dental Visit?

Daylight savings time is ending on March 30th this year. As we get ready for our biannual changing of the clocks, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of all the other biannual tasks the season brings. If you have been six months or more since your next dental visit, use the changing time as a prompt to call for a dentist appointment so you can keep your smile as healthy as possible. Why Six-Month Check-ups? Sometimes, patients believe they can space their cleanings out to nine months or even get by on yearly visits. That’s just not enough protection to stay on top of tooth decay, and it also reduces the effectiveness of your family dentistry office at providing you with input about your health. That’s a big issue because it not only means tooth decay has a better chance of setting in, it also means you lose the extra eyes on signs and symptoms of other serious health issues like diabetes. Dental Services Beyond the Check-up Your biannual cleanings are also a great time to schedule other dental services or to start a treatment you’ve been putting off for a while.
  • Invisalign
  • Bruxism treatments
  • Whitening
  • Veneers
  • Dental Implants
Don’t forget, our office serves the entire family, so it’s easy to make sure you can get everyone seen in one office. That makes your life simpler and it lets you group appointments together. Of course, getting a group of appointments for the whole family means planning well in advance of the desired date. Contact Us Today for an Appointment Give us a call and talk to our staff about what you need from a six-month appointment with Dr. Jeremy Jones. They are ready to work with you whether you’re just getting a cleaning or going for some cosmetic dentistry add-ons, and they can find times to get you and your family in at once if you need it. Just talk to us and let us help.
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Focus on Your Teeth for National Diet Resolution Week

So many people resolve to start taking better care of their health at the beginning of a new year that January 1-7 is officially known as National Diet Resolution Week. Choosing to start a healthier diet is a great goal that can have wonderful results for your health – including your teeth! While you are out exercising and choosing foods to help you shed the pounds, a little family dentistry may also be beneficial for learning what foods can better improve your oral health.

A Good Diet Can Also Be Good for Your Teeth

Many foods that are great for your bodily health are also good for your teeth. For example, dairy-rich foods such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt tend to have a lot of calcium that is great for building stronger teeth. Apples act as a natural and gentle abrasive that can help keep your teeth cleaner. Fruits and vegetables can also be packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help fight bad bacteria in the mouth. Just be sure to avoid consuming too many extra-hard, citrus, or acidic foods which can actually damage or weaken your teeth.

It Is Also a Great Time To See Your Dentist

National Diet Resolution Week is a time when many people decide to take better care of themselves, so why not add a semi-annual dental checkup to the list too? At Dentistry of Fishers, Dr. Jeremy Jones offers regular checkups for everyone in the family. This is a great time to have your teeth examined after indulging all of the delicious goodness over the holidays.

Schedule Your Check-Up Today

The first week of January may be an ideal time to schedule checkups for kids before they go back to school. Then, the next semi-annual checkup would be in the summer, when school is out again. If you plan on taking better care of your health anyway, contact our office right away to schedule your dental visit with Dr. Jeremy Jones.
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Dental Implants: Prepare Your Teeth for National Eat a Red Apple Day

Woman shocked her dentures are stuck on an appleAre your apples ready? December 1 is National Eat a Red Apple Day, and depending on your situation, you may be looking forward to it or dreading it. While eating an apple sounds simple enough, it can be a frustrating experience if you have missing teeth. The good news is that you can start now to prepare for the next National Eat a Red Apple Day with a fully functioning set of teeth with dental implants.

What Are Implants?

Implants are a prosthodontic option for missing teeth. If you have a single missing tooth, Dr. Jeremy Jones of Dentistry of Fishers in Fishers, IN may be able to replace it by embedding a titanium post into the jawbone and gums. This post stimulates the bone and should fuse with it through a process called osseointegration. Once this takes place, the post is secure and can be topped with a natural-looking crown.

What Are the Benefits?

When properly placed by a qualified and trained dentist, dental implants offer a number of benefits:
  • They look and function just like natural teeth
  • They stay in place on the embedded post
  • They are easy to care for – just brush and floss like normal
  • They allow patients to eat their favorite foods, including apples

Are They Right for You?

Like any sort of treatment, it is important to first determine if dental implants are a good option for your situation. Patients should have sufficient bone density to support the implant before undergoing the procedure. Sometimes, patients can still qualify if they go through a bone graft. Dr. Jones can help determine if you are a good candidate for implants or if another treatment option would be better for your needs.

How Can You Learn More?

The first step toward eating a delicious red apple on National Eat a Red Apple Day is to schedule a dental implant consultation in Fishers, IN with Dr. Jeremy Jones. Contact Dentistry Of Fishers today to make an appointment.
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Top 3 Reasons To Replace Your Missing Teeth

Side view x-ray image of dental implant recipientMany people in Fishers, Indiana have come into the office of Dr. Jeremy Jones to get dental implants to replace missing teeth. Implants are a long-term solution, designed to function as your regular teeth for the rest of the patients’ lives. While it is considered surgery, there are plenty of excellent reasons why you need to talk to our dentist about it as soon as a tooth is lost.
  1. Dental Implants Look Entirely Natural

You can expect your implant to look precisely like the rest of your teeth. A lab will take scans and X-rays of your teeth to create the restoration to the exact measurement and specification. The shading will even look the same. Therefore, plenty of people will be unable to tell you received an implant, and you can smile with confidence.
  1. Dental Implants Prevent Resorption

One major issue people contend with after losing a tooth is jawbone resorption. Since a portion of the jaw no longer has to support a tooth, the body resorbs that tissue to utilize the calcium. As a result, the jawbone deteriorates, and some people will have a sunken appearance in their faces. Implants create the necessary stimulation so that the body will not resorb anything.
  1. Dental Implants Stabilize

Other restorations may feel looser, which can prevent you from enjoying a nice piece of steak or other tough food that really requires the teeth to be resilient. Implants go directly into the jawbone, and it actually fuses with the tissue thanks to osseointegration. You can eat, laugh and smile knowing your dental implants are not going anywhere.

For Best Results, You Need Dental Surgery

Implants offer the best in terms of durability, appearance and convenience. You can contact Dr. Jones’ office in Fishers’ IN to schedule a consultation to make sure implants are right for you. There are plenty of restoration options, so one is bound to be right for you.
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