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By James C. Lewis, DMD
May 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj disorders   tmd   tmj  
AClearDiagnosisofJawPainisNeededtoDeterminetheRightTreatment

A blow to the face can result in a variety of injuries to your jaws and the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that join the lower jaw to the skull. Only a thorough examination can determine the type and extent of the injury, and how to treat it.

The pain you feel in your jaw may indicate a direct injury, usually near the joint. This could mean the joint head (condyle) has dislocated, or moved out of the joint space. It could also mean you’ve fractured your lower jaw, most commonly just below the head of the joint.

Jaw pain can also indicate structures near the jaw and joint have been damaged and the jaw is indirectly affected. In some cases a damaged tooth may be radiating pain signals through the jaw (along similar nerve paths). More likely, trauma to soft tissue near the jaw joint has swelled with inflammation, putting pressure on the joint and temporarily stopping the condyle from seating fully in the joint space.

Any of these injuries can also cause painful muscle spasms, a defensive reaction from the body that causes muscles on either side of the jaw to limit movement preventing further damage (a natural splint, if you will). Thus, the pain may be compounded by a diminished range of motion when you try to chew or speak.

It’s important, therefore, to determine the exact cause of pain and limited movement before commencing treatment. Spasms and inflammation are usually treated with muscle relaxant drugs and anti-inflammatory pain relievers. In the case of a dislocation, gentle manipulation can ease the condyle back into the joint space. A fracture would require more extensive treatment, including repositioning broken bone and immobilizing the jaw from movement to allow healing. In the most severe cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to internally immobilize the joint.

If you sustain an injury that results in jaw swelling and pain, you should see us without delay. The sooner we can diagnose and begin the proper treatment for your injury, the less likely you’ll encounter long-term problems and the sooner you’ll be pain and swelling free.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatment of jaw pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Jaw Pain.”


By Office of James C. Lewis DMD
May 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental Implants Are you missing multiple teeth all in a row and wonder what your best tooth replacement option is? You could choose the strongest, longest-lasting and most beautiful prosthetics available--dental implants. Anchored into the jawbone, dental implants fill those embarrassing gaps and best of all, look, feel and act just like natural teeth.

What Dental Implants Are Made Of

Dental implants are comprised of titanium screws that are put right into the patient's jawbone where his or her natural teeth previously resided. Titanium is a metal which encourages bone to be denser and bigger. This natural process, called osseointegration, creates a secure anchor for the porcelain crown, customized to match the shape, size and color of neighboring teeth.

What If Multiple Teeth Ae Missing?

It used to be that fixed permanent bridgework or removable partial dentures were the only ways to replace teeth lost to injury, decay or gum disease. Unfortunately, these appliances can cause significant wear on surrounding teeth as they must be ground down to accept the supportive crowns or clasps necessary for bridges and partials.

With the development of the single tooth implant also came the multi-tooth implant which, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, can substitute beautifully for lost teeth and their roots. While the initial price for an implant is higher than more traditional prosthetics, implants last indefinitely with diligent dental hygiene at home and regular exams and cleanings at the dental office.

Metal Implants Can Support Several Teeth

Dental implants can anchor fixed bridgework, too. So instead of shaving down neighboring teeth to secure false ones, the dentist glues porcelain replacements to titanium screws he or she has surgically placed in the jawbone.

For the individual missing all the teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth, the doctor can permanently anchor an entire arch of natural-looking replacements to a series of several implants. Removable dentures may be secured in this way, too.

New Port Richey Dental Implants

While each patient has different dental needs and goals, James C. Lewis DMD has placed numerous single tooth and multi-tooth implants. Patients praise their natural feel, durability, ease of care and maybe best of all, great look.

Dr. Lewis will take an individualized approach to evaluating if implants are appropriate for you. With careful oral examination, x-rays and other state of the art imaging, he will formulate the right treatment plan for your smile.

Contact Dr.Lewis's staff today at his New Port Richey, Florida office. They will be happy to set-up your personal consultation. Call (727) 372-7887.


By James C. Lewis, DMD
May 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
SofiaVergaraObsessedWithOralHygiene

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”




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