What is bone grafting?
A bone graft transplants bone tissue. Dental surgeons use bone grafts to repair and rebuild diseased bones. Grafts can also repair bone loss caused by some types of fractures or cancers. Once your body accepts the bone graft, it provides a framework for growth of new, living bone.
The most common type of joint in the body is a ball and socket. Whenever the ball of a joint is not centered in its socket, the muscles surrounding that joint become active and contract. This contraction is involuntary and happens automatically in the form of spasms, also known as muscle splinting. As the ball of a joint moves further and further away from its socket, muscle spasms increase in intensity.
Orthotic therapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive technique to control and minimize muscle spasms that result from TMJ imbalance. Dental orthotics decrease the amount of force that is applied to the teeth. It is a precise device made of acrylic that sits on either the top or bottom teeth. The majority of patients will only wear the orthotic while sleeping. Others with more severe conditions will need to wear the orthotic during the day as well.
What is gingivitis (gum disease)?
Plaque and bacteria grow very quickly on teeth. After a professional cleaning, bacteria grow back on teeth within hours. Few people are able to clean their teeth as well as a hygienist. As a result, plaque will often remain in contact with areas of the gums for several months between cleanings.
Plaque irritates the gums, causing them to swell and occasionally bleed during brushing or flossing. This is the first sign of gingivitis. The process is quite painless and most people are unaware of it. If gingivitis is present for too long a period, the inflammation may spread to the underlying bone of the tooth socket.