By Dentistry On Park
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Headache Treatment  

Do you get headaches frequently? Although tension is a common cause of occasional headaches, the source of your pain may actually originate in your teeth or jaws if you suffer from frequent headache pain. Your Stoughton, MA, dentists, Drs. Maryam Douraghy and Ramin Mehregan, offer treatments that can reduce or eliminate your painful symptoms.

How can an issue with teeth or jaws cause headaches?

Even the slightest change in your bite, the way your teeth fit together, can stress your jaw muscles and cause headache pain. Bite problems can be caused by longstanding orthodontic issues, neck and shoulder issues, loss of a tooth or even a filling that's a little too high.

Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep may also be the source of your headaches or migraines in some cases. The habits exert significant pressure on the muscles in your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in your jaw. If the muscles begin to spasm, you may feel the pain in your temples.

TMJ pain has been linked to migraines in several research studies, including one recent study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo. Researchers discovered that people who had migraines 15 or more times per month were three times more likely to have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) than those who didn't. TMD disorders affect the jaw joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

What can my Stoughton dentist do to relieve my pain?

Improving your headache pain can be as simple as adjusting a high filling, replacing a lost tooth with a bridge or dental implant, or correcting a bite problem with orthodontic treatment, and/or a Physiologic Orthopedic Mouth Appliance (POMA).

Physiologic Orthopedic Mouth Appliance (POMA): To orthopedically realign the lower jaw to the cranium back to a position that provides relief from pain and dysfunction after a significant physical trauma.  It stabilizes the temporomandibular joints and restores them back to normal physiological function while at the same time reduces contracted (spastic) head and neck muscle activity, normalizing function and resting modes to pre trauma conditions. It is a specifically designed and custom fabricated “orthopedic” appliance. Where Dr. Mehregan uses strict bite recording protocols using both the J5 Myomonitor TENS to establish the occlusal position and K7 kineseograph.  This appliance is unlike other classical appliances such as Night Guards which only help to preven further tooth damage.

 

 

Seeking relief? Give us a call!

Are you tired of living with headaches? A visit to the dentist may help relieve your pain. Call your Stoughton, MA, dentists, Drs. Maryam Douraghy and Ramin Mehregan at (781) 341-8966 to schedule an appointment.

By Dentistry On Park
December 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

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If you’ve ever heard your dentist or hygienist talk about “calculus,” they’re not referring to a higher branch of mathematics. The calculus on your teeth is something altogether different.

Calculus, also called tartar, is dental plaque that’s become hardened or “calcified” on tooth surfaces. Plaque begins as soft food particles and bacteria that accumulate on the teeth, and more so if you don’t properly clean your teeth every day. This built-up plaque becomes both home and food source for bacteria that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

Because of this direct link between plaque and/or calculus and dental disease, we encourage everyone to perform two important oral hygiene tasks every day. The first is to floss between your teeth to remove plaque as you are unable to effectively reach those areas with a toothbrush.  Once you loosen all the plaque, the other really important task is a thorough brushing of all of the tooth surfaces to remove any plaque that may have accumulated since the last brushing. Doing so every day will catch most of the softer plaque before it becomes calcified.

Once it forms, calculus is impossible to remove by brushing and flossing alone. That’s why you should have regular cleanings performed by a dental professional. Dentists and hygienists have special tools called scalers that allow them to manually remove plaque and calculus, as well as ultrasonic equipment that can vibrate it loose to be flushed away with water.

In fact, you should undergo dental cleanings at least twice a year (or as often as your dentist recommends) even if you religiously brush and floss daily. Calculus forms so easily that it’s nearly inevitable you’ll accumulate some even if you have an effective hygiene regimen. Your dental team can remove hardened deposits of calculus that may have gotten past your own hygiene efforts.

If you haven’t been consistently practicing this kind of daily hygiene, see your dentist to get a fresh start. Not only will they be able to check for any emerging problems, they can clean your teeth of any plaque and calculus buildup so that you’ll be able to start with a “clean” slate.

Calculus can be tenacious, but it not impossible to remove. Don’t let it set you up for an unhealthy experience with your teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on reducing plaque buildup, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dentistry On Park
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
LasersCouldbetheFutureforGumDiseaseTreatment

We’ve developed a number of effective treatments for periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on how far and deep a patient’s infection has advanced, treatment can be quite invasive and even require surgery. The more invasive, the longer and more uncomfortable the healing process can be.

But using a medical laser could make that less so. Although its use for gum disease treatment is still in its infancy, the latest observations from the field seem to show patients undergoing laser treatment may have less tissue trauma and bleeding, less discomfort after the procedure and quicker healing times.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection mostly caused by dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that build up on teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene. The infection can advance deep below the gum line, weakening gum attachment to teeth and destroying supporting bone. Ultimately the affected teeth can be lost.

Traditionally, the only way to stop the disease is to manually remove plaque buildup on teeth and gum surfaces, which is continuing to sustain the infection, with special hand instruments called scalers or ultrasonic equipment. Because it’s important to remove as much plaque and diseased tissue as possible, we may need to perform a surgical procedure called flap surgery to move some of the gum tissues out of the way to get to these deeper areas. As with any surgery, this can create tissue trauma that may cause discomfort during the healing process.

Our new alternative is to use an Nd:YAG medical laser in a procedure known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP. With light energy delivered through a small fiber no more than the width of three human hairs, the laser can pinpoint diseased tissue and destroy bacteria through intense heat. Because of the laser beam’s tiny width and pulsing action, healthy tissue is at less risk for trauma than with the traditional treatment.

Coupled with other techniques, LANAP procedures could remove as much infected tissue and plaque as traditional methods, but with less healthy tissue trauma. In the future, then, patients with advanced gum disease undergoing laser treatment could have less bleeding and discomfort and faster healing times.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Gum Disease with Lasers.”

By Dentistry On Park
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

How crowns from your dentists in Stoughton, Massachusetts can enhance your smile

Are you thinking about dental restoration? If so, you should know the facts about dental crowns and how they can strengthen your smile dental crownsand make your smile more beautiful. Dr. Maryam Douraghy at Dentistry on Park in Stoughton, Massachusetts, can help you achieve your best smile with dental crowns.

More About Dental Crowns

If you have teeth that are damaged by excessive wear-and-tear, bad dental habits, or experiencing physical trauma, dental crowns are the perfect option may be the perfect option to restore your smile! This is because dental crowns, like little suits-of-armor, cover your teeth above the gum line, meaning that when you bite down, your teeth are protected from fracturing. Large metal fillings don’t offer that level of protection.

If your smile has become unsightly because of large, old, crumbly metal fillings, dental crowns are a great choice to make your smile beautiful again as they are made from materials like porcelain that shine just like tooth enamel. Porcelain reflects light so your new crowns will create a dazzling smile. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crowns will stay looking new and beautiful for years, even if you smoke or drink coffee!

In addition to full porcelain, you can also choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown which is stronger than porcelain but lacks the light-reflective quality because of the metal underlay. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, also known as PFM crowns, are a great choice for back teeth that aren’t as visible when you smile.

Dental crowns typically require two appointments. During the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown, and models of your teeth will be made. These models are then sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans will create your beautiful new crown. Finally, your new crown will be sent back to your dentist before being permanently cemented on your second appointment.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Dental crowns can do a lot for you and your smile. To find out more, just pick up your phone and call Dr. Maryam Douraghy at Dentistry on Park in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Call (781) 341-8966 now and get ready for your new smile!





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