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    Understanding How the Temporomandibular Joint Works

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are among the most important joints in your body. The TMJ connects your jaw (mandible) with your temporal bone, which is the bone on the side of your skull. Your TMJ moves every time you speak, eat, laugh, or do anything else with your mouth; if there’s a problem with your TMJ, you’ll know about it very quickly. Here’s a brief look at how the temporomandibular joint works:

    Normal Function
    If you put your finger just in front of your ear and open your jaw, you can feel your TMJ in action. You can also feel how your TMJ interacts with your ear canal every time you open and close it. Your jaw is essentially a lever, and your TMJ is the fulcrum. There are several muscles that help with jaw movement, and the cartilage in your TMJ allows smooth, painless movement.

    Causes of Pain
    As with other joint disorders, pain in the TMJ is usually caused by damage to the joint cartilage. A damaged or displaced cartilage disc can cause pain as it puts pressure on the nearby nerves. Most people complain of jaw pain after experiencing trauma to the jaw, excessive gum chewing, or sustained teeth grinding. An improperly positioned bite may also cause pain if it isn’t corrected. 

    Professional Treatment
    There are several ways that dentists can address TMJ pain. If your pain is caused by teeth grinding at night, a dentist can create a special tooth guard. If you have an uneven bite, a dentist can correct it with Invisalign. In severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary. If you’re suffering from jaw pain, you should have a dentist evaluate your pain and help you explore your treatment options.

    If you’re struggling with jaw pain, let one of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts have a look. We have years of experience providing West Chester residents with high-quality dental services. Visit our website or call (484) 881-3501 to learn more about jaw pain treatment, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and other dentistry services.

    How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Whether it’s from work, financial troubles, or family obligations, stress affects millions of Americans. Compelling evidence shows that stress is bad for your general wellbeing—including your oral health.

    In this video from the American Dental Association, a dentist discusses the harm that stress can have on your oral health. She says that stress can cause teeth grinding, or bruxism, which often leads to headaches, jaw soreness, and damaged teeth. She also says that dentists have identified a link between periodontal disease and high levels of stress. For the sake of your oral health, it’s important that you find ways to reduce stress.

    As you find ways to reduce stress, one of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts can create a custom mouth guard for you. This will prevent you from inadvertently damaging your teeth at night. Call our West Chester office at (484) 881-3501 to make an appointment.

    Continuing the Family Legacy: Katherine Lang, RDH

    Last updated 10 days ago

    When you go to the dentist, you’ll likely spend most of your time with the dental hygienist, who is responsible for removing plaque and making sure your teeth are as clean as they can be. To ensure that your time at the dentist’s office is as pleasant as possible, you’ll want a skilled and friendly dental hygienist. Katherine Lang, RDH, is just such a dental hygienist.

    Katherine (Katie) Lang is proud to continue the legacy of dentistry set forth by her grandfather, father, uncle, and brother. Katie is originally from Bethlehem, PA, where she graduated from Saucon Valley High School. She studied Physical and Health Education at West Chester University and earned her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at Northampton Community College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2009, and has been a dental hygienist ever since.

    To meet Katie Lang and the other dental professionals at West Chester Dental Arts, call (484) 881-3501 and set up an appointment. Our West Chester dental office offers sedation dentistry, dental implants, and much more.  

    Wise Up to Whiter Teeth [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Are your teeth looking a little more yellow than you’d like? If so, you’re not alone. Everything from your morning cup of coffee to your evening glass of red wine leaves behind stains on your teeth that translate into a dull smile. Add in other factors like smoking or not brushing twice a day, and your teeth could become seriously discolored. The good news is that you can reclaim your pearly whites with a few lifestyle tweaks and professional teeth whitening from your dentist. West Chester Dental Arts breaks down the causes and treatments for discolored teeth in this infographic. Stained teeth are a common problem, so help your family and friends by sharing this teeth whitening information with them.

    4 Occasions that Call for Teeth Whitening

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Every day, people eat food and drink beverages that cause their teeth to stain. Though brushing regularly is important, it can’t always remove stubborn stains. Fortunately, it’s easy to restore the elegant glow of your teeth with professional teeth whitening performed by a skilled dentist. Here are four occasions for which you might consider having your teeth whitened:

    Job Interview
    When you’re in the running for a new job, making a good first impression is extremely important. If you’ve been having trouble landing a job, you might consider professional teeth whitening. Flashing a set of white, dazzling teeth when you shake your interviewer’s hand can help you stick out as a good candidate.

    First Date
    First impressions are similarly important when going on a first date. Whether you’re just getting back into the dating scene or are looking for a new approach to dating, you’ll find elegant white teeth to be a powerful asset. Since store-bought whitening treatments are generally weak and ineffective, you’re better off with professional whitening performed by a dentist.

    If that first date goes particularly well, you might be hearing wedding bells in the not-too-distant future. Considering how you, your friends, and your family members will be pouring over your wedding pictures for decades to come, it’s important that both you and your spouse look your best. Professional teeth whitening and help ensure that your smiles are as elegant as possible.  

    Business Presentation
    As a seasoned businessperson, you know how important charisma is to making an impact on coworkers, clients, and potential business partners. Even if you have plenty of natural charisma, you’ll find that a white smile can give you an extra boost of confidence as you prepare for an important business presentation.

    One of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts will gladly whiten your teeth so you can take on the world with a little more confidence. We also provide our West Chester patients with sedation dentistry, dental implants, and several other common dental procedures. Call (484) 881-3501 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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