Monthly Archives: February 2017

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TMD Dos and Dont’s

TMD pain treatment in SouthlakeIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and the orofacial pain that comes with it, there are several things you can do — and avoid doing — that can help keep the severity of your symptoms at bay. After all, the pain associated with TMJ, ranging from difficulty chewing and talking to tenderness and aches around the ear and face, can get in the way with your ability to function to the best of your ability each day.

Here’s a closer look at some TMD dos and don’ts:

  • Do learn to stifle yawns by holding your tongue on the roof of your mouth, which limits how wide your mouth can open.
  • Do try to rest your jaw by allowing teeth to stay slightly apart, with your tongue relaxed and lips together. Clenching teeth together when you are nervous only aggravates the TMJ.
  • Do eat softer foods, and chew with both sides of your mouth.
  • Don’t chew gum for extended periods of time. Just take a couple minutes to freshen breath, so you don’t exhaust the jaw muscles.
  • Don’t clench your teeth when swallowing.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach, which causes the jaw to be pressed into the pillow.

In addition to making some minor changes to your daily routine, you may need additional help with your TMD. At DaVinci Dentistry, we offer treatment for TMJ pain, which can range from night guards and dental splints to dental treatments that help adjust your bite. Talk to us today to set up an appointment and discuss your options: 817-251-9333.

 

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Navigating Insurance Concerns with your Family Dentistry Care

Family dentistry insurance questionsSometimes care at a family dentistry office can seem out of reach without dental insurance. Or in some cases, when you want to go to a specific office that your insurance carrier deems “out-of-network.” At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we know that getting treatment opinions and care that you can trust is so important. It’s for this reason that we offer a variety of alternatives when insurance concerns arise.

While we are in-network for most PPOs, patient with plans that don’t include treatment at our office do have a few alternatives. For starters, many insurers will offer reimbursements, depending on their pay schedules. We are happy to look into your options for you; all we ask is that you contact our office and let us know about your insurance questions.

When insurance isn’t an option, we do accept several forms of payment to ensure you can get the care you need, including:

  • credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover);
  • Care Credit and Citi Card (18 months no interest);
  • cash; and
  • personal checks.

DaVinci Dentistry is an implant, cosmetic and family dentistry practice committed to your oral health needs. We will do what is necessary to ensure your smile is functional as well as beautiful, and we’re willing to go the extra mile to help you get there — including navigating tricky insurance questions. We serve patients in Southlake, Grapeveine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller and the HEB corridor: 817-251-9333.

 

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Recognizing TMJ Disorder Headaches: 5 Key Symptoms

TMJ headache caused by TMDOne of the most common symptoms for those suffering from disorders of the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) are headaches. This is because if your bite is misaligned, too much stress can be placed on the muscles surrounding your TMJ, leading to headaches.

But what sets TMJ headaches apart from regular tension headaches? If you have what appears to be a tension headache coupled with these additional symptoms, the pain could be radiating from your temporomandibular joint:

  • facial tenderness;
  • facial pain;
  • earache;
  • crackling/grinding sounds when you move or open your jaw; and
  • stiffness.

While TMJ headaches are not identical to migraines, they can trigger one. The symptoms of those headaches, ranging from nausea and light sensitivity to fatigue, are severe.

It can be common for health care providers to misdiagnose recurring headaches, not discovering the underlying problems within your jaw joint. At DaVinci Dentistry, we will work with you to get to the root of your headaches and facial pain to determine if temporomandibular joint dysfunction may play a role. When it does, we can offer solutions through a variety of oral devices that can help to alleviate pain caused by undue tension and bruxism (tooth grinding) often associated with TMJ. Call us to schedule your appointment and discuss next steps. We are conveniently located in Southlake and serve surrounding communities within Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.

 

 

 

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Dental Bonding: Things to Consider

Tooth bonding in Southlake, TexasWhen you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth, there’s one immediate, quick and inexpensive option at your disposal: tooth bonding. This procedure, in which we apply a composite resin to the affected tooth, can typically be done in one office visit. It can be a great option for an immediate treatment while you consider other long-term options.

Some downfalls of tooth bonding include:

  • Shorter shelf life – A typical dental bond lasts up to seven years, but long-term options, such as a dental crown, can last several decades.
  • Durability – While composite resin is strong, if you bite down on hard foods without caution, you can chip or break the bond. In some cases, filing it down can fix the issue, but other times the bond will need to be replaced.
  • Staining – Composite resin stains more easily than enamel or porcelain used for crowns or veneers, so coffee, tea and red wine drinkers, watch out! A whitening toothpaste and consistent oral hygiene routine can help limit staining.

When you have cracked or chipped a tooth, calling the DaVinci Dentistry team in Southlake is a great first step toward restoring the appearance and function of your tooth. We’ll first examine the tooth to see if more intensive work, such as a root canal and crown, is required. When it’s not, you may choose from among several options, including dental bonding and veneers in addition to crowns. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about what may be best so that your goals are met and you feel comfortable and satisfied with your smile. Serving Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and much of Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.