Albuquerque Dentist Discusses TMD Exercise Program

Symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) affect nearly 75% of the population at some point during their life. Luckily, not all of these people will require TMD treatment, but the symptoms can creep up in numerous people. TMD covers multiple symptoms in the jaw or face which include jaw soreness, headaches, jaw popping, and pain in the ears.  Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, describes the causes of TMD, and offers a helpful exercise routine for patients affected by TMD.

Bruxism, TMD

A large amount of patients suffer from TMD symptoms caused by bruxism. Grinding or clenching teeth: commonly referred to as bruxism. Although bruxism primarily occurs overnight, many patients grind or clench teeth during the day without their knowledge. Often, nutritional choices play a large role in whether or not someone grinds or clenches teeth.

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Albuquerque Dentist Explains How Your Headache May be a Dental Problem

Headaches can stem from a number of issues, but regardless of their origin, the pain can sometimes be debilitating. If you suffer from chronic headaches, you may have even sought treatment or medical advice. If no cause can be found for your discomfort, the frustration can add stress and possibly exacerbate the problem. Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, explains how your headaches may be dental related.

A Discomforting Habit

Many people grind their teeth or clench their jaws when they’re stressed or upset, but some people do it constantly, often without realizing it. This habit, called bruxism (derived from a Greek word meaning “gnashing of teeth”), may seem harmless short-term, but can lead to a multitude of dental problems. For instance, the constant friction and pressure between your teeth can lead to excessive tooth wear that may require dental work to correct. Bruxism also occurs frequently in patients whose teeth are not aligned properly (malocclusion). If you grind and clench your teeth in your sleep, you may be unaware of the habit, but may still suffer from cracked teeth, facial discomfort, and/or tissue damage to the inner cheeks and tongue. The pressure could also lead to chronic headaches and migraines, and if left unchecked, could cause damage to the joints that hold your jaw together. (more…)

Enjoy a Brighter Smile with Albuquerque Cosmetic Dentist

We’ve discussed how a healthy and beautiful smile can shed years from your appearance, but did you know that, beyond making you look younger, smiling has tangible benefits to your physical health and quality of life, as well. Unfortunately, even if your teeth are perfectly straight, years of use can leave minor stains or change the uniform color of your pearly whites, which can also lower your confidence in your smile. Luckily, there are many options for correcting stained or discolored teeth so you can start smiling your brightest again. Albuquerque cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, explains how your smile helps you, and offers professional-strength teeth-whitening treatments so you can enjoy the benefits of smiling again.

The Joys of a Genuine Smile

If you’ve ever smiled simply because someone else was smiling, then you may know that smiling is contagious. When you smile and others smile along, the whole room can lighten up and even improve the moods of people around you. Smiling also makes you more attractive and approachable, making it easier for others to engage and interact with you. In other words, smiling can improve your social life. After all, sulking and frowning does not generally invite others to conversation. Other benefits of smiling include stress-relief, an improved immune system, and lower blood pressure, among many others. In light of these benefits, a minor tooth stain or two should seem inconsequential, but if it doesn’t, then Dr. Miller can help.

Restoring Your Pearly Whites

Some foods, beverages, and habits are notorious for staining your teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, and tobacco use, among many others. However, teeth can also stain simply from poor oral hygiene or from a lifetime of use. If stains mar your smile, ask Dr. Miller about our professional tooth-whitening treatments. After evaluating your stains to determine that the treatment is right for you, Dr. Miller will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab. Once your custom-made whitening trays are ready, you can whiten your teeth using a peroxide-based gel from the comfort of your own home. With take-home whitening trays, you can touch up your smile whenever you see fit.

To learn more about maintaining your beautiful smile, make an appointment with your Albuquerque dentist  by calling Snow Park Dental at (505) 299-2979. Located in the 87112 area, we proudly serve patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Edgewood, Corrales, Los Lumas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Prevent Signs of Aging with Your Albuquerque Cosmetic Dentist

As recently as a few decades ago, people assumed that dentures were inevitable as they reached their senior years. This isn’t true for today, and adults are keeping their natural teeth longer – often for a lifetime. A healthy mouth with natural teeth conveys a youthful appearance, allows you to eat your favorite foods, and lets you speak clearly and confidently. As member of the baby boomer generation, Albuquerque dentist Dr. Mark Miller understands and respects the need to retain a youthful appearance and high quality of life far beyond previous generations. In addition to providing family dental care, he offers comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry to address some of the most common dental problems to people over 50.

Oral Health Linked to Overall Health

Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can harm your teeth and gums and may indicate serious medical conditions. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, and other health problems that are common in older adults. You can deter many health problems by maintaining a healthy mouth.

An effective dental care regimen is simple. Brush your teeth two or three times a day, floss daily, and use an oral rinse. A healthy, balanced diet can greatly benefit your dental health, as well. Remain aware of what’s happening in your mouth. Perform monthly self-exams for oral cancer, checking your lips, gums, tongue (don’t forget the underside of your tongue), and the insides of your cheeks for bumps, sores, or discolorations. Most sores are noncancerous, but if you have a sore that doesn’t heal within two weeks, make an appointment for an examination by Dr. Miller. Finally, keep up with your schedule of twice yearly check-ups and cleanings, and follow through with dental treatment plans. (more…)

Albuquerque Dentist on Using Expiring Benefits

As October arrives, many people are focused on Halloween and the upcoming, end-of-year holidays. Although this time of year comes with a plethora of worries, since we are in the last quarter of the year, the time to use expiring dental benefits is now. Oftentimes, patients forget about their expiring benefits until it is too late, or almost so. With three months remaining in this year, there is no reason to wait until the last minute. Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark A. Miller shares a few reasons why earlier is better for scheduling an appointment.

Don’t Delay Your Reaction

If a patient is overdue for a checkup, then they could potentially require additional treatment. If it’s been over six months since your last checkup, then you are overdue. On most insurance plans, two dental checkups and cleanings per year are covered. (more…)

Albuquerque Dentist Discusses Tooth Extraction

Are you concerned about possibly needing a tooth extraction? The process of extracting teeth is performed for a number of reasons, and could aid against spreading infection. Your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark A. Miller, outlines the diagnosis, procedure, and recovery associated with extracting teeth.

Tooth Extraction

Damaged or abscessed teeth may require extraction, depending on the severity. Often performed to prevent additional mouth infections, extracting a tooth could be the best possible option. Abscessed teeth can become painful and limit a patient’s ability to participate in day-to-day activities. In the case of damaged teeth, an extraction may be performed if a root canal is unable to correct the problem. In some instances, bacteria associated with extractions may enter the bloodstream. For patients with increased risk of heart infection, antibiotics are often prescribed before and after extraction.

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All About Fillings from Your Albuquerque Dentist

What is restorative dentistry?

Preventing cavities is always the goal when it comes to your dental health. However, sometimes dental issues can arise like tooth decay, dental injury, gum disease, or tooth loss. Restorative dentistry provides the services necessary to bring your mouth back to optimal oral health. With root canals, fillings, and dental crowns, our Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, can remove infection and strengthen your tooth structure.

Why are fillings necessary?

A cavity does not heal itself. This means that the infection from tooth decay will continue to grow deeper inside of your tooth and cause much larger problems than a small cavity. Using fillings, our Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Miller, can stop the progression of tooth decay and build back tooth structure. Dental fillings not only strengthen the decayed tooth, but also prevent further infection by sealing off the tooth from bacteria. This prevents the need for more invasive and costly procedures like root canal treatments and dental crowns. (more…)