Q&A: do you know of any dentists in oakland county mich.that donate their services?

Question by loveelyn: do you know of any dentists in oakland county mich.that donate their services?
dentists that donate services for low income seniors

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Answer by Glenn M
Check out the Oakland County Health Dental Program at the link below. If that doesn’t help, there are other programs also listed on the page. For others reading this:

Many dentists contribute materials and/or services, but the list can change at any time. To find out what is available in your area, call your
1. Call several local dentists, explain the problem, and ask if they know where you might go.
2. If you are looking for dentures, call several dental labs, explain the problem, and ask where you might go.
3. Check with your local health department. Ask for a social worker, explain the problem and ask for any referrals, or any free or low-cost clinics.
4. Check with your local pastor, rabbi or spiritual advisor.
5. Check with ocal nursing/retirement homes for referrals.
Hope this helps to keep you smiling.

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BRUXISM

by Dr. Nadia Abazarnia

What happens when a person grinds and clenches their teeth and how does it affect the anterior teeth?

Do you ever wake up from a night’s sleep with sore teeth and jaws? You could be grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism. This rhythmic clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth may develop at any age.

Teeth grinding is usual done unconsciously in your sleep, but it can also occur when you are awake. During the day, a person who is concentrating on a task will often place his teeth together and apply force through a contraction of the jaw muscles.

During sleep, it presents as clenching and rhythmic contractions. The most common symptom of teeth grinding is a headache other symptoms include muscle aches, enlargement of facial muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort, stiffness of the shoulders and neck, ear pain and sleep disorders. The teeth are adversely affected and show abnormal wear and mobility. This leads to fracture and loss of teeth.

It is important to have your dentist evaluate you with a comprehensive exam and develop a treatment plan that is specialized for you. The best way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal appliance. These are custom made, specially fitted plastic mouth pieces that fit over your top or bottom teeth.

Wearing one of these appliances will reduce jaw muscle pain and protect both your teeth and temporomandibular joint. The appliances are usually worn at bedtime and are considered the treatment of choice.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of BRUXISM

  • excessive tooth wear, which flattens the occlusal (biting) surface.
  • tooth fractures, and repeated failure of dental restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.)
  • hypersensitive teeth, caused by wearing away of the thickness of insulating layers of dentin and enamel around the dental pulp
  • inflammation of periodontal ligament of teeth, which may make them sore to bite on and possibly also a degree of loosening of the teeth.

How dose Clenching and grinding affect anterior teeth

The anterior (front) teeth show severe tooth wear which has exposed the dentin layer (normally covered by enamel). The pulp chamber is visible through the overlying dentin. Tertiary dentin will have been laid down by the pulp in response to the loss of tooth structure. Multiple fracture lines are also visible and can lead to cracking and chipping of these teeth.

The treatment of choice in these cases are wearing an occlusal guard at night time and restoring these teeth with composite resin material (tooth color material), in severe cases full coverage crowns are the treatment of choice.

Oral piercings and infections?

Question by Bandit: Oral piercings and infections?
I have heard that oral piercings get infected easier than normal because your moth is dirty, but I have also seen that they don’t get infected easily because your mouth is constantly producing new saliva.

So which is it??

Also, are tongue WEB piercings safe?

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Answer by dentalhyg
If you think about it, the body is going to view the piercing as something foreign- or something that shouldn’t be there. First of all, oral piercings can damage periodontal tissue. Constant contact between the jewelery and gums and tooth structure can cause recession, chipping of the teeth, nerve damage and constant inflammation. The mouth itself is not “dirty” but it home to millions of tiny micro organisms that do have the potential to cause infection. Just because our salivary glands are producing saliva, this does not mean pathogenic micro organisms may/ may not be present.

An infection can become life threatening if it’s not treated promptly, which is why if you do opt for an oral piercing you should maintan proper recare visits to the dentists office.

According to the American Dental Association, “oral piercing carries a potential risk of endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart valves or tissues. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the piercing site in the mouth and travel to the heart, where it can colonize on heart abnormalities. This is a risk for people with heart conditions and, in the worst of cases, results in death.”

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