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Is TMJ Disorder Effecting Your Sleep?

July 7, 2018

Woman tossing and turning in bedPatients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction are probably familiar with many of the adverse oral and whole body health effects of this disorder, including jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and a clicking or grinding sound during jaw movement. One common side effect of TMJ dysfunction that many patients are less familiar with is sleep deprivation. This can happen for a number of reasons. Some patients are just in too much pain to sleep comfortably and others can experience increased instances of sleep apnea. If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ dysfunction or you’re concerned you may be suffering from this disorder, let your dentist know, and make sure you mention that you’ve been struggling with excessive exhaustion.

How Long do Dental Crowns Last?

May 5, 2018

Two dental crowns prior to restorationWhen you experience tooth decay, dental damage, or need a dental crown for any other reason, you’ll want this restoration to last. Depending on the material used, tooth repaired, and your oral hygiene routine, a dental crown can last five to ten years before it needs to be repaired or replaced. Many patients want their smile to look great after repair with dental crowns, but they’ve heard that porcelain crowns that look the most natural are the least durable. Luckily, today’s dental-grade porcelain crowns are durable and long lasting. They offer the same five to ten-year restoration available with other, less cosmetic materials like gold, porcelain fused to metal, or even zirconia. With proper care, your all-ceramic dental crown will last and maintain a flawless, natural appearance.