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
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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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
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.
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Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.