Archive for December, 2012

Can Frequent Headaches Signal a Dental Problem?

The origin of a headache can present a mystery that may be resolved with medication, exercise, meditation, or massage. But frequent headaches usually stem from one primary problem, and a visit to the dentist may identify what it is and how to find relief.

Many headaches start at the base of the head, neck, jaw or temples. Usually attributed to stress or tension, relaxation is the key to long term relief.

But with day to day occurrences of job stress, pressure from commuting, providing a comfortable life for the family, and sticking to the daily grind of schedules too busy for most, relaxation is often a luxury that doesn’t fit in. 

When the body remains stressed, we unconsciously continue to pound away by clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. 

So stress finds a way to manifest itself, and often that occurs during the downtime period of sleep. When the body remains stressed, we unconsciously continue to pound away by clenching or grinding teeth during sleep. Nighttime grinding can become so habitual that daytime grinding and clenching occurs without giving it a conscious thought.

A daily massage would be great, but is impractical. Finding time for daily exercise or meditation would be advantageous, but also is not something you can count on. While medication can work in the short term, it is not to be used as a permanent resolution. So how can we resolve the problems associated with clenching and grinding?

The dentist has an option that is simple, expedient, and does not require any special effort. A mouth guard fabricated specifically for you will allow you to break the cycle of grinding and clenching. The mouth guard is small, comfortable and will fit securely over either the top or bottom of the front teeth.

The mouth guard, also referred to as a bite guard, prevents the back teeth from making contact eliminating nighttime bruxism. Once the body has trained itself not to clench and grind during the night, the daytime grinding usually follows the pattern.

Without the nightly grinding and clenching, the jaw is allowed to relax reducing the tension felt in the neck, head and temples that result in headaches that can last all day.

This simple step can provide long lasting relief from frequent headaches. Schedule an appointment with the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry and see how truly simple and effective this remedy can be.

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Will Invisalign Help with My Overbite?

An overbite can occur for many reasons. From thumb sucking to insufficient jaw space to accommodate your teeth, the resulting overbite can squash self-confidence and discourage even the happiest person from smiling. However, there is a modern option available to correct an overbite without metal bands and brackets by using Invisalign clear plastic aligners.

You can eliminate an unsightly overbite without the discomfort of a mouthful of metal, wires and rubber bands. A consultation with the dentist will outline the many advantages of orthodontic correction with Invisalign. Clear, soft plastic aligners are designed to gently shift teeth into their correct position, but are virtually undetectable. The aligners are removable, which means no diet restrictions. You can continue to eat some of the healthy fruits and vegetables that can be discouraged when straightening teeth with traditional bands.

Daily flossing and brushing are critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Being able to remove your “braces” allows excellent dental hygiene to be maintained throughout orthodontic care. The dentist can monitor teeth to protect against dental decay that cannot be done with the same level of accuracy with traditional braces. No more wires to break, resulting in abrasions to soft tissues in the mouth.

Engaging in activities that require wearing a mouth guard couldn’t be easier. Simply pop out the Invisalign aligner, pop in your protective mouth guard, and replace with the aligner when done.

The science behind Invisalign lies with updating the aligners every few weeks throughout the straightening process. This means wearing the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours per day is critical to treatment progress. As teeth are gradually moving to their correct position, a new aligner continues the adjustment process.

When wearing traditional braces, the dentist will employ tightening the wires to advance treatment. The idea with Invisalign is the same, but is accomplished in a much more subtle fashion. After taking pictures, x-rays and dental impressions, the Invisalign laboratory fabricates a series of aligners that allow real progress to be made when following the designed schedule. Periodic visits to the dentist will be needed to make sure the program stays on track.

The overbite slowly disappears, teeth are straightened and the smile makeover is complete. Time required for treatment is determined by the degree of malocclusion and the patient’s age. But with virtually invisible treatment, the process is much easier than ever before.

Consult with our experienced team of dental professionals at Balcones Family Dental to learn how Invisalign can improve your smile. Call 512-200-7422 to schedule your appointment today.

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