Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism).
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care. A dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Not only can severe grinding damage your teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.
You may be experiencing bruxism if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
- A grinding sound at night, which may disturb the sleep of someone who you share a room with
- Jaw muscles that are tight or painful
- Popping or clicking of the temporomandibular joint
- Long-lasting pain in the face
- Damaged teeth
Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching
Dr. Sorkin can fit you with a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.
Call our office to see if you have bruxism and what Caring Dental of Spotswood can do for you.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves acting as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT)
People who need fillings or gum disease treatment can now visit Dr. Matthew Sorkin at Caring Dental of Spotswood for a less invasive approach that minimizes unnecessary pain and trauma. Dr. Sorkin now uses the Biolase WaterLase™ laser, which blends water and laser energy, to perform these procedures with unprecedented precision. Patients who visit Dr. Sorkin for either form of laser dentistry in Spotswood, NJ, can expect effective treatment and a low risk of pain and other unwanted outcomes, such as infection, tissue damage and tooth fractures.
The Biolase WaterLase™ laser offers various benefits over conventional surgical tools. This laser excites the water molecules within the teeth or gum tissue, enabling Dr. Sorkin to etch, incise or otherwise reshape these structures with a high level of accuracy. This precision eliminates unnecessary harm to neighboring tissue, so patients may experience a more efficient recovery after undergoing laser dentistry in Spotswood, NJ. The laser does not generate friction, and the water absorbs the heat that the laser creates. The laser also employs extremely brief pulses that are faster than the speed of nerve conduction. Due to these properties, patients perceive minimal pain, if any, during Biolase WaterLase™ procedures. Dr. Sorkin can typically complete these procedures without even administering local anesthesia.
Dr. Sorkin uses the Biolase WaterLase™ laser to prepare the teeth for fillings or to complete gum disease treatment. During filling placement, the use of the laser helps lower the risk of adverse complications. Since the laser does not generate heat or vibrations, it is less likely to cause thermal damage or fractures. Consequently, the danger of bacterial infections is lower. Treatment with the Biolase WaterLase™ laser offers similar benefits for those with periodontal disease. The precise nature of this treatment also ensures that patients maintain as much healthy gum tissue as possible to shield their teeth against future infections or trauma.
Dr. Sorkin is proud to offer laser dentistry in Spotswood, NJ to facilitate more effective and prompt treatment for patients. This approach makes it easier for patients with dental anxiety to receive needed care. The low-risk nature of the procedure also enables patients to receive fillings or gum disease treatment without fear of prolonged complications or delayed healing. Patients can schedule consultations by calling Dr. Sorkin’s office at (732) 723-5100.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.
All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Tooth Colored White Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.