TMD/ TMJ Therapy

You need the muscles and joints in your jaw. Without joints and muscles, you wouldn’t be able to chew, swallow, talk, or yawn. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the flexible joint in your jaw that acts as a hinge whenever you open your mouth.

Although temporomandibular disorder is painful and uncomfortable, our dentists at Paramount Dentistry offer TMD/TMJ therapy to ease the pain and restore the function of your jaw joint.

Symptoms of TMD

The common symptoms of TMD range from mildly sensitive to severely painful. Make an appointment with one of our dentists if you experience any combination of symptoms:

  • Headaches, toothaches, earaches, neck aches
  • Swelling around jaw
  • Limited ability to open mouth
  • Tenderness in face, jaw, neck
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Clicking, popping, grating sounds when opening mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Hearing problems
  • Tired facial muscles

Causes of TMD

Although the proven cause of TMD remains unclear, there are a number of conditions that may factor into it:

  • Teeth clenching/grinding
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Injury to jaw, muscles in head/neck
  • Rheumatoid arthritis/osteoarthritis in jaw
  • Stress

Jaw muscle and joint problems are complex-diagnosis that may take time and multiple visits to a dental office. Whether you have TMD or not, it’s important to seek medical attention in order to reverse damage and restore function.

If you experience any of the symptoms of TMD, don’t delay proper treatment. Oftentimes, waiting to be treated will further damage your jaw. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today. We will provide you with information and administer necessary treatment and therapy.

Preventive

Our philosophy is PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. It means that we strive to handle any dental situation you may have before they become a serious problem . Our goal is to work with you so you enjoy perfect oral health. we take the time to explain any treatment you need to maintain perfect oral health. You have a busy life, the last thing you want is to deal with dental problems on top of that!

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one’s teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.

There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and regular dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush teeth daily.

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. People with braces may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

Regular dental cleanings and check up allow dentist to identify problems and take care of them right away.

To maintain your perfect oral health:

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Sealants

Dental sealants also known as fissure sealants are defined as a preventative dental treatment, where a plastic material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of usually the permanent molar teeth at the back of the mouth.

Root Canal

Root canal is one of the most common treatment for teeth that are taken up by the dentist in case of severe and extensive tooth decay.

In the root canal treatment, nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth (tooth’s center) are infected. Root canal treatment consists of removing the diseased or dead tissue from inside the tooth. The remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled.

Mentioned below is the actual procedure of root canal treatment:

  • An opening is made through the top of the decayed tooth that may be a molar or a pre-molar or front tooth.
  • This is followed by removing the diseased tissue. Once, the diseased tissue is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, irrigated by disinfectant solution, enlarged and shaped so that they can be easily filled.
  • In case, more than one visit is required, then a temporary filling is placed in the empty space to prevent infection recurring between the dental visits.
  • A metal or fibro optic post is placed in the canal in order to provide structural support.
  • Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth so that the tooth can be restored in its natural shape and appearance .

Crown and Bridges (caps)

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) dental restoration that consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap created by missing teeth. There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. The porcelain fixed bridge is the most commonly used and best resembles the look and feel of your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of an artificial tooth (or teeth) fused between 2 crowns that go over the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap.

Dental bridges are highly durable and can enhance your smile for many years. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend dental bridges for the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a tooth-coloured restorative material used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. The affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with the composite filling. It is then cured with a visible blue light which causes it to harden almost instantly.

Composite resin dental fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend composite resin dental fillings for the following reasons:

  • To restore chipped or worn teeth.
  • To close a space between two teeth.
  • To repair cracked or broken teeth.
  • To repair damage caused by tooth decay

Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is a big way you communicate with your world, and it’s the first thing that makes an impression on the people you meet. So it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry for corrective procedures and aesthetic enhancement.

The Best Cosmetic Dentistry in Hamilton, stoney creek , Niagara region

In the past decade there have been dramatic advancements in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence and now, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Cosmetic dental treatments can:

  • Change the Size, Shape, and Alignment of certain teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bites
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
  • Repair Decayed, Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
  • Replace Missing Teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!

So whether you want to fix a chipped tooth or get a complete smile makeover, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Dentists can use veneers for an impressive number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments. Thanks to their lifelike appearance and wide array of functions, porcelain veneers rank among the most trusted and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Candidates

Patients who are considering porcelain veneers are typically looking to address multiple structural or cosmetic issues with their teeth, such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignment
  • Discoloration
  • In order to have porcelain veneers placed, patients should:
  • Have good periodontal and overall oral health
  • Be committed to proper oral care and hygiene
  • Have specific cosmetic goals, which they can articulate to their dentists at their initial consultations, as well as realistic expectations
  • Have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as dentists usually remove a thin layer of enamel before placing veneers

Signs That Veneers May Not Be the Right Choice

As stated above, patients must have healthy teeth and gums to qualify for dental veneers. Patients with conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection typically do not qualify for veneers. However, after a dentist successfully treats these issues, patients are usually cleared for cosmetic enhancement. Those who are considering porcelain veneers should remember that the procedure is typically a permanent one. Because the dentist usually removes a layer of enamel before attaching the porcelain, patients will eventually need to replace their veneers or choose an alternative restoration to take their place. Therefore, no one should receive veneers unless they are certain about their decision. Some patients who habitually grind their teeth and clinch their jaw may be disqualified from receiving veneers. Although dental porcelain is quite strong and durable, the forces of bruxism can put incredible strain on veneers, causing them to break or come off entirely. In many cases, however, a dentist may be able to treat the underlying causes of bruxism, eventually enabling patients to receive veneers. Additionally, newly developed dental materials allow ceramists to create stronger restorations that may be suitable for such patients.

Determining Candidacy

The only way a patient can fully determine his or her candidacy for veneers is by scheduling an appointment with a skilled cosmetic dentist. After evaluating health history, current dental health, and the condition of a patient’s enamel, a dentist can make an informed decision regarding a patient’s suitability for this treatment. He or she can also recommend alternative treatments for non-qualifying patients.

Invisalign

Now it may be possible to straighten your teeth using a series of custom-made aligners by Invisalign. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart, or have shifted requiring realignment, we may be able to correct it using Invisalign Aligners.

We are a Certified Invisalign Provider

Consider Invisalign treatment to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without braces. A complimentary consultation with our doctor can determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.

  • What is it?
  • Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to administer Invisalign treatment.
  • Why would I want it?
  • Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
  • How does it work?
  • You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Family Dentistry

Often referred to as a general dentistry, a family dentistry is the term given to the field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and the maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body.