Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

by Dr. Karnakova, DDS
A lot of our patients ask about benefits of having orthodontic treatment. The benefits are not only cosmetic, although who can argue the deep social impact of a good healthy smile. What happens clinically, and what are the health benefits with braces? First of all, crowding and overlapping teeth trap food and bacteria. It is very difficult to clean the teeth that are overlapping and over time, people become more prone to developing cavities. In addition, infection in the gums eventually spread to the bone and destroys the supporting structure that holds the teeth. This leads to loosing teeth and abscess formation.

A poor bite affects temporalmandibular joints and causes the degenerate process of the cartilage between the joints. This process is irreversible the cartilage does not regenerate. With time, damaged joints will cause difficulties opening the mouth for speech, and most importantly making eating difficult and sometimes impossible.

In my late 30’s, I was affected with temporalmandibular joint disorder and would sometimes wake up with my teeth only closing on one side. I would experience pain while opening and closing my mouth and often would experience clicking and soreness in my temporalmandibular joints. Besides ruining the dream of having a perfect Hollywood smile, I had to mend through difficult years of trying to prevent cavities and bone loss in the areas where the teeth were misaligned. All these complications motivated me to go through orthodontic treatment and I never regretted my two years of treatment.

My temporalmandibular joints no longer hurt and I can look in the mirror and smile with confidence. I wish this for all my patients; to have a beautiful smile and promote healthy living. Don’t shy away from braces. It is almost never too late. And for the parents of my young patients, I recommend having their first consultation as early as 6 or 7 years old. Sometimes an early approach helps for a more conservative treatment and easier on the child. It allows us to avoid or minimize possible surgery in the future which is a great thing.

One of the benefits of doing orthodontic treatment in our office is that we have our own orthodontic specialist doctor which minimizes prices and makes treatment affordable. Dr. Miller is a wonderful and great specialist who is loved by all our patients. Our office is very fortunate to have someone as special as her providing treatment to the patients.

Chewing Gum


Chewing Gum

When it comes to toothaches, there are many different things that can cause a toothache.  A toothache can come at any given time, even though you may not expect it.  The pain can be unbearable at times, and you’ll do practically anything you can to make the pain stop.  When a toothache first comes on, many of us start to wonder what caused it to happen.

Some of the main causes of toothaches include decay, a fracture in the teeth, and cavities.  A crack in the tooth is also a cause, although it can be difficult to diagnose, as cracks will normally appear to be invisible to the naked eye and x-rays.  Cracks can make your tooth feel as if it is exploding, as they expose the dentin and nerves to the air and anything else you put in your mouth.  If you don’t get them fixed, they will get worse, possibly leading to your tooth breaking off at the gums.

Pulp irritation is another cause of toothaches, as it occurs after dental treatment.  No matter how well your filling or crown was done, the materials that were used to fix the tooth can end up causing pain later on down the road.  There really is nothing you can do, as crowns can sometimes come off or the filling can sometimes come out.  If this happens, all you can really do is go back to the dentist to get the problem fixed.

If you have an exposed root or nerve, it can also be the cause of your toothache.  This normally happens due to rough brushing, receding the gums and exposing the root.  If the root is exposed, the air or liquid you drink can trigger a toothache.  To prevent this from happening, use care when you brush and never try to tear your gums apart thinking it will get your teeth cleaner.

If you use tobacco products, you’ll more than likely get toothaches on a frequent basis.  Chewing tobacco is a common contributor to toothaches and tooth pain, as the tobacco will eat away at your teeth until there is nothing left.  It doesn’t take long for it to happen either, especially if you have been chewing for a long time.  Smoking can trigger toothaches as well, as the smoke is bad for your teeth and eats away at them as well.

Even though there are many causes to toothaches, there are things you can do to stop and pain and prevent toothaches.  You should always brush your teeth on a daily basis, and go to the dentist for your regular checkups.  If you get a toothache you should always go to the dentist and get the tooth fixed.  The dentist may be able to catch it early enough to save the tooth – which will prevent you from having to get it pulled and save you a lot of money – and pain in the long run.

affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?

Question by : affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?
I live in san jose and have been looking for vocational dental schools/training. dont want any real expensive places like Heald, Carrington, Everest etc. please help!

Best answer:

Answer by jannsody
You’re smart to want to avoid those private For-profit schools such as heald, Everest, devry and Carrington. If the local community college (or county vo-tech adult school for dental assistant) has an accredited program from the “American dental association”, those schools are usually more affordable and reputable.

Before taking pre-req courses for dental assisting or dental hygiene, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers DA or DH or the local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which may be tough for some to handle. If you haven’t done some job shadowing, please find out about that as well.

For accredited programs in DA or DH:

U.S. colleges:

General career info: and can search.

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