If you feel you’re teeth are hopeless, don’t fret! The before/after photos above should give you hope! With 2011 dental technology, a mouth is never beyond repair! However, you HAVE to be in experienced hands. Not only can it be a very costly procedure, but it is your mouth and health at stake. Do not just settle on a dentist that you THINK can do it. If a dentist can do it, you should be free to ask a lot of questions and the dentist should not be offended if you would like to seek a second opinion (after all, they are YOUR teeth and YOUR decision; this is not a hard sell at a used-car lot!) Also, they should be able to show you many before/after photos of cases that they have done.
If you would like to know more about our office and cases that we’ve done, there are more of our photos on this blog as well as our website: www.hulendental.com. Come see us! We will visit with you in a calm, stress-free atmosphere with no pressure. Hope to see you soon! 817-292-5957
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In our fast-paced society, with the stresses of work, family, health issues, finances and the struggling economy, many people take out their stress on their teeth. Some signs of nighttime teeth grinding can be: waking up with sore jaws, frequent headaches, generalized pain from one side of your face, tightness in the jaws, sensitivity of the majority of your teeth or your teeth just ache in general.
Some studies have shown that people can put up to 3-4 hundred pounds of pressure on teeth when grinding or clenching! Imagine the long-term effects this could have on your teeth. If you look in the mirror at your teeth and you see signs of wear (see photo above), it’s time to ask your dentist what options there are on having a mouth guard made.
A mouth guard can help protect your teeth from the damaging forces of grinding and clenching. A mold of your teeth are made at the first visit. The molds are sent to a dental lab where a form-fit mouth guard is made. Then in approximately 2 weeks, your dental office will fit you for the guard and make necessary adjustments.
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A tooth breaks, chips or feels loose…but it doesn’t hurt. We see it in the dental office everyday, small problems that turn into big problems down the line. When a tooth breaks or feels loose, something has been compromised and if it’s not fixed immediately, bigger problems can occur such as infection, more tooth structure can break off or you could even lose the tooth altogether.
The key is: Don’t delay. At the first sign of a problem, see your dentist. Many times, you can actually SAVE yourself money by getting treatment quickly. You could possibly avoid, for example, having to have a root canal or losing the tooth (in which case you would have to replace the missing tooth with a bridge or implant).
Call your dentist today or call our office at 817-292-5957. Our office is in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit us at www.hulendental.com
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Teeth Grinding or “Bruxing” is one of the most destructive forces to teeth. What makes it so destructive is that most people aren’t even aware that they are doing it. The photo above shows what can result from not being proactive when you have a grinding habit.
With the stresses of today’s world, many people take out that stress on their teeth while they’re asleep. Studies have shown that the jaw muscles can generate up to 5-6 hundred pounds of pressure on the teeth! Some people even find that they are clenching or grinding during the day. Ever find yourself with teeth clenched together tightly as you’re concentrating at work or perhaps stuck in traffic to/from work?
The good news is, whether you feel that you are grinding/clenching or your dentist finds evidence in your mouth that you are doing so, a form-fit mouthguard can be made to help protect your teeth. A mouthguard will not make you stop your habit but it will surely help protect your teeth from the destructive forces of bruxism. It only takes two visits: The first visit is to take molds of your teeth. The models of your mouth are then sent to a dental lab where a precision-fit mouthguard is made to fit your teeth.
A mouthguard (also called a nightguard) cost around $400-500. This is a small price to pay for the amount in dental work it can help you save from having as a result from chipping/wearing away your teeth!
If you find yourself waking up with sore jaws, or you seem to breaking/chipping teeth all the time, if you have constant “tension headaches,” or if all of your teeth are sensitive to cold or just sore all the time, chances are, you are grinding/clenching at night.
Call your dentist or our office today for an appointment! 817-292-5957
After- What a difference after full mouth reconstruction!
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