We want you to feel 100% comfortable at the dentist office. That’s why we are explaining some common dental terms. Last month we introduced the first eight terms – click here to read them. Today, we are here to follow up with some more explanations. .
Implants can be used to replace missing teeth. They are fixed under the gum line, into the underlying bone. If well maintained, dental implants can last for many years – often the rest of your life. Implants can also be used to improve the fit and comfort of removable dentures.
Jaw joints allow your mouth to open and close. When these joints, muscles, and teeth are not properly aligned, painful conditions such as TMJ disorders can develop. Dental appliances can be made to stabilize your bite and help determine if further dental treatments may be needed to keep you comfortable and pain free.
Leukoplakia are white patches that can develop on the tongue, mouth, or inside cheek. These patches can sometimes be precancerous. During regular dental exams, your dentist/hygienist will screen for oral cancer. Early detection boosts the survival rates of oral cancer, so keep those regular dental appointments.
Malocclusion occurs when the chewing or biting surfaces of your upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned. It can cause difficulties chewing food, problems biting your cheek, and even facial pain. Orthodontics, such as Invisalign, can be used to properly align your teeth.
Night guards are a type of mouthguard used to treat bruxism (teeth grinding) and clenching while you sleep. Many individuals are unaware that they grind or clench at night. Symptoms can include headaches, stress, anxiety, ear aches, and jaw joint pain.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition where people stop breathing for short periods while sleeping, causing them to wake-up briefly gasping for breath. This can have serious health consequences. Dental appliances can be used to help people sleep better and feel more energized throughout the day.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) occurs when plaque (a sticky, colourless film) is not properly removed though daily brushing and flossing. This bacteria can cause gums to inflame and can also destroy the fibres and bone that hold the tooth in place.
Quadrant is one of the four divided parts of the mouth. There are two in the upper part of your mouth, left and right, and two in the lower.
If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.