Are you looking older than your age …

OH, MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL…

Time may heal all wounds but it makes a lousy beautician.

lousey_beauticianNothing gives away your age more than your smile. When a bad bite is thrown into the equation, the wear and tear on your teeth can radically impact the  appearance of your face. Suddenly you start to see your lips changing shape. Wrinkles and creases form and deepen on the sides of your nose and mouth. Your lower lip starts to roll out and jowls begin to appear. You hardly recognize the ‘new you’.

A poorly aligned jaw creates deterioration of your teeth, causing them to look chipped and worn. You may begin to see areas of gum recession. Your bottom front teeth may begin to shift and look crooked.


The domino effect…

In addition to some obvious cosmetic alterations to your face and teeth, a misaligned jaw contributes to a number of physicals changes. When a bite is unbalanced, your muscle tension and activity are unbalanced. This can affect your entire posture.

dominoesIt starts with a ‘pull’ on your head, which ‘pulls’ your posture, making it look as though you are slouching. The domino effect – is cascading down your entire body – it can influence the positioning of your shoulder and your hips. So much so, that one shoulder or hip is visibly higher than the other.

Are you hiding your mouth / face behind your hands? Showing your face to the world should be something you take great pride in.Taking care of your jaw alignment problems not only improves the function of your mouth, it improves your looks and erases obvious signs of aging. From filling in the gaps to providing you with next steps, the choice is all yours.

Did you know that with just a Smylist bite , we can not only restore your proper bite but can turn back the hands of time giving you a more youthful looking face and jaw. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ishwari Bhirud today.

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when you don’t have a balanced bite

when you don’t have a balanced bite, the negative ripple effects make their way down your entire body:

Airways
Your tongue is attached to your lower jaw and when your bite is un-aligned your tongue acts as a pillow. It cushions the jaw and helps it to relax. An imbalance in your bite affects the size of your mouth and the altered size of your mouth no longer accommodates your tongue. Your tongue can’t sit where it should. If your tongue rests too far back in your mouth, it will block the air getting to your lungs.

Bite / Teeth
An unaligned jaw joint will begin to show wear and tear on your teeth and your bite. By moving to where the jaw muscles are more balanced, your teeth are basically ‘in the way’. They then begin to grind down against one another and you end up with shortened teeth, gum recession and/or a collapsed lower third of your face.

Muscles
An improper bite will lead to muscle imbalance. When your teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide enough muscle support in your face needed for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position which translates in discomfort throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders and back.
The over-worked muscles can result in muscles stiffness and soreness that will materialize in the form of migraines, headaches, earaches, muscles tenderness, facial discomfort, a sore jaw and a multitude of other symptoms.

Nerves
The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are extremely complex and intricately connected. Therefore, when your bite is unaligned, the nerves and muscles are also affected. This misalignment can result in the muscles throughout your face, jaw, neck and shoulders going into spasms. The spasms then pinch the nerves that lead down your arms. The result of all of this? A feeling of numbness and tingling in your arms, fingers and hands.

Spine/Posture
There is a close relationship between your bite and the posture of your head and that of your entire body. If you have a bad bite or if you jaws don’t close properly (i.e. – your upper front teeth over-bite your lower bottom teeth), there is an immediate and direct affect on your head posture, causing neck strain and postural issues. If you are missing teeth, this postural strain becomes an even greater issue. Then, the muscles of your back and your neck – which in effect are your spine and its alignment – are impacted and greatly affected by an unbalanced jaw.

 

So, how did I get this ‘bad bite’?

Your unaligned jaw and poorly fitted teeth could be the result of one issue or a combination of possibly these factors:

  • Unbalanced dental treatment
  • Allergies as a child
  • Thumb sucking or other oral habits
  • Old dentistry that has broken down or worn out
  • The shifting of teeth after tooth loss
  • Some types of Orthodontic treatment

Your teeth could also be misaligned as a result of an accident or trauma issue. If you have experienced tooth loss, the shifting of your teeth can result in a bad bite which leads to TMJ. Traditional orthodontics used methods to simply straighten the teeth don’t necessarily take into consideration your overall jaw development.

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YES, IT’S ALL CONNECTED…

So now connect the dots…

A misaligned jaw, can affect your entire body, or a specific part of it. The slightest imbalance in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, premature wearing of your teeth, poor body posture, decreased strength and flexibility, compromised breathing airways, muscles tenderness and many, many more symptoms.

Finding the best position for your jaw is critical to the rest of your body working properly. It all starts with a good, balanced bite and its all part of what Dr. Ishwari Bhirud refers to as the Neuromuscular Sextad / Smylist bite

Let’s explain…

neuromuscular_sextadAn unbalanced jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ) ultimately influences your spine, your bite, your airway, your muscles and your nerves. The basic principles of neuromuscular dentistry state that a “good – balanced” bite is achieved when the muscles of the face, jaw and neck are allowed to be at their most efficient state, which is a restful state.

When that happens, there is an immediate improvement in your posture, your airway, your resting muscle activity, and your range of motion, flexibility, balance and strength. You can exert more power, improve your stamina, exhibit more concentration and mental awareness and overall, feel healthier, more exuberant and alive.

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Is Jaw Joint Causing Suffering?

Living with pain isn’t truly living.

bad_effectsWhen you are living with the symptoms of TMJ /Jaw Joint, chances are you are living in pain.

TMJ not only impacts your body, it directly affects your soul.

  • It can re-arrange your life
  • It can dictate your social behavior
  • It can control your personality and your character.

Years dealing with an unaligned jaw, a bad bite and constant strain and stress on your muscles has left you feeling defeated, weary and overwhelmed.

The pain associated with your TMJ has perhaps left you a changed person. Constantly battling your symptoms, you are cranky and irritable. You are starting to take out your frustrations on your family, your friends, your co-workers and everyone around you. Your personality is morphing into someone you don’t even recognize. It’s not the real you talking, it’s the TMJ-afflicted you.

When someone is truly living in pain, they feel as though no one understands their plight. They feel isolated and cut-off from the outside world. They are desperate for relief yet that relief seems unattainable. More than anything, they feel alone.

You are not alone. We not only see situations similar to yours each and every day but we offer options. We offer an accurate diagnosis and treatment options that will correct your problem and begin healing your life. And more than anything, we will offer you the support, compassion and kindness that truly communicates that you are not alone.

Healing is just a step away.  and start the process of taking back control of your life.

 

Is TMJ Causing Your Suffering?

Not sure about your TMJ condition? Do the test and find out right now what’s wrong and… what to do about it?

 Test Yourself:

Migraines / Headaches

Facial Pain / Pain Behind Eyes

Ear Pain / Ringing / Congestion

Jaw / Teeth Pain

Neck Pain / Neck Strain

Shoulder / Back Pain

Numbness

Posture Problems

Sleep Disorders.

 

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Is unexplained discomfort affecting your life

It’s morning & you have got sleepy eyes & covers are

still wrapped around your body. 

Things are not too bad.

THEN – while you lift your head from the pillow – you are consciously aware of your situation:

You are living with discomfort.

pain_tmj…You might have severe headaches, facial, jaw, neck, or ear pain, tenderness in your shoulders, or your entire body hurts.

…Maybe your mouth is clicking, popping or clenching at embarrassing moments. Last week, while having dinner at your friends’ house, you couldn’t even open up your mouth properly.

…Or, the last time you looked in the mirror, you didn’t like what you saw. Your face is changing because of your worn teeth – and your not getting any prettier.

Do you feel depressed, sad, confused, angry, or dead tired of ? You’re not alone. In addition to the physical agony, the emotional cost runs just as deep with many people.

Don’t let this ruin your life. It’s time to take action.

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TMJ Migraine or Tension Headaches

Headaches are the most common health complaint in the world and the most common cause of medication overuse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headache disorders — characterized as migraine, tension-type headache and cluster headaches —    affect more than half of the world’s adult population regardless of age, race, income levels or geographical location.

In India , headaches are the number one health complaint, and an estimated 50 million people suffer from chronic headaches. Many of those sufferers experience little relief with over-the-counter pain medications and therefore struggle with a reduced quality of life – including missed work and missed school — because of the pain their headaches cause.

Neuromuscular Headaches

 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to talk, to chew and to yawn. Other indications of TMD are a clicking or popping of the jaw joints, pain in or around the jaws, and a limited opening (or locking sensation) of your mouth.  Disorders occur when there is either an internal derangement of the joint or a misalignment, resulting in muscle tension and a host of related symptoms including headaches.

Let’s examine two of the most common forms of chronic headaches — migraines and tension headaches – and their relationship with TMJ Disorder.

Migraine headaches

A migraine is a chronic headache that is characterized by throbbing pain usually on one side of the head.  Bright light, certain sounds, smells, stress, physical activity or hormonal changes can trigger the pain, which can be severe if left untreated. Some people experience visual changes – called auras — before, during or after the headache.

More than 10 percent of the  population, including children, suffers from migraines. During a migraine, blood vessels in the head become inflamed and swollen, and doctors believe the pain is caused by the inflammation and the pressure on the walls of the blood vessels.

Many migraine sufferers do not realize that TMJ could be the cause of their head pain, so they do not mention teeth or jaw clenching or other TMD symptom to their doctors.  However, when the TMJ is misaligned, the surrounding bones, muscles and nerves are affected. An undiagnosed and untreated misalignment then can cause the muscles in your face, head and neck to strain with every movement. As a result, you may experience migraine headaches, along with accompanying nausea and light sensitivity. See our TMJ migraine symptom page for more information on the relationship between migraine headaches and TMJ dysfunction.

Tension Headaches

tension headache vice

Tension headaches are characterized by a continuous, not throbbing, pain in the forehead, temples, and/or back of the head or neck. Sufferers describe the pain as a tightening around the head or neck that can only be relieved by certain positions. Many people say a tension headache feels as if a rubber band is tightening around the head or neck.

Unlike migraines, tension headaches are not accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea or light sensitivity, and researchers have not linked tension headaches with the same triggers as migraines. Tension headaches can occur infrequently, regularly, or daily and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several days.

Tension headaches affect women significantly more than men and can occur at any age.  They are also normally associated with stress or fatigue, but often can have their root in physical problems involving the muscles of the jaw and neck.

“TMJ is very treatable, but if a jaw disorder is ignored, then treatment for the headache may not address all of the factors contributing to the headache.”

If you are experiencing chronic headaches, you owe it to yourself to rule out TMD as the cause of your pain and discomfort.  Neuromuscular dentists is experienced in evaluating the TMJ as a possible source of your headache pain.

By working with the pain source rather than just the pain location and by re-aligning a bad bite so that your teeth, muscles and joints work together without strain, neuromuscular dentistry frequently can relieve the pain associated with migraine headaches.

With proper diagnosis and treatment, you may avoid the dangerous cycle of an expensive and possibly harmful drug treatment regimen and, more importantly, experience life-changing pain relief.

 

What Should You Do When You Have Pyorrhoea or The Gum Disease?

Due to plenty of reasons like our lifestyle and diet, the onset of dental issues is not so uncommon nowadays. Almost anyone as young as a teenager or as old as a fully grown mature person can fall prey to oral health issues. Pyorrhoea, or gum disease, is often known to occur in adults and is definitely a major hurdle in itself.

Listed below are certain methods and strategies you can implement and act upon with the help of your professional if, by any means, you happen to fall prey to pyorrhoea.

Flap surgery:

As the name suggests, in this surgery, the gum tissues are opened up in the form of a flap, and all the plaque and tartar existing within is gotten rid of. This process is required only when the infection exceeds to a height that medication cannot resolve.

Deep cleaning:

This procedure involves cleansing of the tooth root of any infection or bacteria that might have led to this problem. It also involves scaling, that is nothing but getting rid of any germs above and below the gum line. Deep cleaning carried out using laser techniques can result in a less messy process in terms of bleeding and pain.

Tissue grafting:

If the infection has embedded itself deep into your gums, your dental surgeon may suggest a tissue or bone grafting procedure. What happens is, a synthetic bone is placed in the spot of the natural bone that is now lost to pyorrhoea. In addition to this, tissue grafting is also carried out wherein a thin tissue-like substance is placed in between the bone and gum tissue in order to prevent the natural gum-tissue from growing and taking over the bone area.

Precautions to be taken:

  • Brushing your teeth twice each day is extremely underrated. You have no idea whatsoever how many oral problems can be countered just by this simple act of brushing.
  • Flossing is a detailed technique of cleaning your teeth once a day. This must be next in line with brushing and is quite an effective way to get rid of plaque between your teeth before they start becoming an obstacle.
  • Regular dental check-ups every once in 6 months can help you understand if everything else is fine with your teeth and gums, or that if any treatment is needed.
  • Keep away from smoking lest you want plaque development on your teeth, and want them to change color from slightly yellow to a highly visible tinge.
  • Avoid drinks with a high sugar content in them. In fact, check off food items from your table that is full of sugar. This is because an excess of sugar makes your teeth and gums vulnerable to infection.

Summing it up:

Dental care is highly underrated. You can never know what your habits are leading to until an issue arises. The best way to keep such gum or tooth problems at bay is to regularly look after your oral hygiene. Investing a couple of minutes each day goes a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and will reap many more benefits for you in the long run.

 

 

Headache and Jaw Pain: The TMJ Connection.

Headaches are one of the most common health problems in the world. The problem crosses age, race, geographic and economic lines.  Jaw pain, while less common, affects a large volume of people is more common with women then men.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 to 75 percent of all people age 18 to 65 have had at least one headache within the last year. Of those adults, 30 percent report a headache disorder, which means recurrent headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches.

Many factors and combinations of factors can cause headaches, so the root cause is often hard to identify. However if you suffer from recurrent headaches and from jaw pain, it is possible that the pain could be caused by TMD syndrome affecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

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How a Smile Makeover can change your life?


Do you want to be more attractive and more successful in life? There is one simple solution. Smile! Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are wearing a smile. In addition, recent studies reveal that better looking smile can make you look more successful, more employable and more attractive. Continue reading How a Smile Makeover can change your life?

 

How long does it take to get your teeth back in place after an implant surgery?

 

Are you the patient who is scared of being without teeth after extracting teeth? You are not alone.  The good news is there a plethora of options available for you to choose from. The recent advancements in dentistry have taken implant dentistry to the next level, with implants being a very successful and preferable option for both the dentist and the patient alike for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants help in providing fixed solutions to missing teeth without compromising the tooth structure of the adjacent teeth. However, there was always a window period between the time of implant placement and replacement of the crown structure, which was necessary to allow for the integration of the implant with the bone. This window period used to make patients skeptical about the treatment, as they had to remain without teeth during that period. Nevertheless, implant dentistry has evolved to that extent, that this window period has been reduced or even completely removed by the advent of newer techniques. This evolution of implant dentistry has even further increased patient acceptance and clinical success rates. So how did this happen? What are the modalities that helped bring on this evolution? Let us see…

Immediate loading

Immediate implant placement with immediate loading gives you the room to fit the teeth within 48 hours. When there is an adequate bone of more than 10mm and when there is primary stability, immediate loading would be a great choice to get your teeth in place immediately. However, not all patients can be treated with immediate loading.  An important criterion would be the primary stability of the implant that was placed. After evaluating the same with periotest or resonance frequency analysis, your dentist will decide whether to immediately load or not. A screw-retained provisional restoration is more preferred for such cases when compared to cement retained prosthesis. If cemented, the dentist will have to remove the provisional restoration during the 4-6 month healing period. Cantilevers cannot be restored with a provisional restoration. A diagnostic wax-up will be used for template and provisional restoration fabrication. With the high success rates, immediate loading has become a very popular choice of treatment.

Tooth supported provisional prosthesis

Your dentist can use your teeth to support the interim prosthesis. This may include the use of an attached pontic with orthodontic brackets just adjacent to the implant site. Another viable option would be the use of resin-bonded provisional pontic. This involves acid etching the adjacent teeth and hence provides tooth supported prosthesis. Maryland Bridge is nothing but resin bonded, cast metal framework prosthesis. They have been used successfully for long term provisionals, especially in young patients. However,the prognosis of the outcome for long-term use of this type of restoration is unpredictable. Usually, the teeth with poor prognosis act as temporary abutments and are extracted after the implants osseointegrate. The teeth supported provisional restoration is then converted into an implant-supported provisional restoration. Hence, the option of the provisional tooth-supported prosthesis has also been very much popular among the patient population as it helps meet the aesthetic and functional demands.

Removable prosthesis

Removable partial acrylic dentures have commonly been used during post-extraction and post-implant therapy. They are very easy to construct, relatively inexpensive, and easy for your dentist to adjust and fit. However, they may reduce the effectiveness of any additional surgical bone and gingival augmentation procedure used to optimize the implant site. Soft tissue borne prosthesis used during healing may cause uncontrolled implant loading leading to implant exposure, marginal bone loss, and/or failed integration. Often your dentist will adjust the provisional dentures to minimize contact with the healing implants.

You also have alternatives to tissue borne provisional restorations. An Essix appliance is an appliance made with vaccuform material with teeth bonded in the missing area to replace the missing teeth. They act as a removable prosthesis are useful in cases of deep anterior overbite or limited interocclusal space. This prosthesis is made from an acrylic tooth bonded to a clear vacuform material on a cast of the diagnostic wax-up. The prosthesis provides protection to the underlying soft tissue and implant during the healing phase. However, care has to be taken to get accustomed to the appliance, as some new wearers might not find it very comfortable wearing them for the first few days. Nevertheless, it provides the necessary esthetic function for your missing teeth in the interim period.

‘Some pains are physical, and some pains are mental, but the one that’s both is dental.’- Ogden Nash. Dentists are the ones who help you overcome this phase. With effective implant therapy and prosthesis planning, the pains of missing your teeth and in turn losing your esthetics and confidence can be overcome. Choose wisely, live better!