Hundreds of people in our community suffer from chronic facial pain such as headaches, earaches and jaw pain. A likely culprit to these aches and pains may be related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a joint located on each side of the head right in front of the ears. The joints are made up of bones, discs, muscles and ligaments. The TMJ acts like a door’s hinge, opening and closing the mouth as well as lets the lower jaw move side to side and front to back.
While a dentist would need to perform an examination to officially diagnose TMJ disorder, here are some signs and symptoms that can indicate a TMJ disorder:
There are multiple factors that lead to TMJ disorder. Arthritis, jaw dislocation or injuries and a misaligned bite for example.
Dr. Kile can perform a comprehensive examination to determine if you have a TMJ disorder and how Darby Dental Smiles can help. Watch Dr. Kile explain what she is looking for during a TMJ exam.
Feel free to Connect with Us if you have any further questions about TMJ, or schedule your consultation today to take a step towards a TMJ pain-free future.
As a healthcare professional that is dedicated to ensuring our patients overall health and wellness is a top priority, Dr. Kile wants you to know a few things about e-cigarettes:
Our team is trained and committed to explain the dangers of vaping to our patients when evidence of vaping is found during an examination, especially in young adults and teens.
If you are a smoker or vapor, stay on top of your oral health by scheduling regular dental checkups. Schedule your next appointment today!
If you wish to quit smoking or vaping there are many resources available.
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients in the United States. Sensitivity is caused by the movement of fluid within tiny tunnels located in the layer of tissue found under the protective enamel - providing a pathway to the nerve. Whether the tooth enamel is worn down or due to receding gums, those tunnels can be left exposed
There are many factors to be aware of that can cause sensitivity. Some examples are:
There are many daily opportunities to fight tooth decay. Through brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and even changing diet habits you can lower the chances of growing tooth sensitivity.
Our dentists are essential in both protecting teeth and restoring those that have already sustained damage. From desensitizing gels and pastes to sealants and filling materials, we can help reduce tooth sensitivity.
Contact us today to see how we can help you combat tooth sensitivity.
Through cosmetic and restorative treatments, Dr. Kile provides an innovative solution that is fast, affordable, effective and discreet.
The Six Month Smiles program is designed to straighten your teeth at a fraction of time compared to traditional braces. Due to a much shorter treatment plan, Six Month Smiles is generally less expensive. Through latest digital technology coupled with an experienced orthodontic professional like Dr. Kile, this method has proven to be both reliable and safe. And even better, they come in invisible aligners or clear braces, making them nearly invisible.
So what can you expect?
Upon our initial consultation we will thoroughly exam your teeth and gums to determine if you are a good candidate and if Six Month Smiles will be suitable for your needs.
After the placement of your aligners or braces you will need to come in for adjustments. Depending on your individual case, you may receive 3-7 adjustments over the next few months. On average, braces are removed and you can show off your new smile in 6 months.
Click here to schedule your Six Month Smiles consultation or if you have any additional questions, contact us at (937) 834-2252.
What does dentistry have to do with airway and jaw development? Over the past few year’s we’ve been learning that there is a huge correlation between the jaw development and the development of the airway. We’ve been looking at things differently during our patient’s examinations. Things that we are looking for in our exams especially with children is how their jaw is developing. We want to look for spacing between all of their baby teeth. We want to see that they are able to breath through their nose well, and also make sure their tongue is not tied down to the floor of the mouth which is called a "tongue tie."
If we see a child that the arch of their mouth isn't broad or we see that there's no spacing between their teeth or even worse there is crowding in between the teeth, we are looking for the reasons why. So the first thing we want to do is look at the nasal breathing. Is the child able to breathe through their nose? If they can’t, it becomes a cascade of effects in their growth, development, and overall health.
We then have to ask ourselves why they can’t breath normally through their nose. Do they have an allergy to something? If so, we need to find out what so we can take care of that because if they can't breathe through their nose the tongue is never going to go to the right position. Try this at home, pinch your nose and put the tongue up on the roof of your mouth and then try and breathe. It's impossible, you can't do it. The tongue resting on the roof of the mouth is the body's natural expander. It's a strong muscle and presses out and presses forward. When it does that it grows the jaw. It actually makes the spacing in between our teeth and that's what we want. By doing that, we actually have a larger airway and can breathe better.
We're looking for nasal breathing, we're looking for the tongue to be mobile, and to be able to go up to the roof of the mouth. Things that you can look for at home are to look for spaces in between your child's teeth. We want to see spaces between them when they still have their baby teeth. See if they breathe through their nose. Take note when they are sitting, reading, or playing if you notice that their mouth is always open. If so, that's not normal, we want their lips to be closed. Also if they have a hard time saying certain words and they've been going to speech for a long time and they're not making any progress, it could be their tongue tie. I've had children that couldn't even eat ice cream cones because they couldn't stick their tongue out far enough, of course, they are going to have problems with their speech, but what can be much worse is the health problems that could potentially happen from these issues included stunted growth.
If your child is having any of those issues and you want us to take a look, we would love to see them for a comprehensive exam. We believe in preventative-based healthcare, and we work with a team of multidisciplinary doctors that can help get your child on an overall path to health and wellness.
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