Any kind of cut to your face and/or delicate tissue inside your mouth should be addressed immediately in order to prevent further tissue damage of infection.
If a traumatic injury involves a broken facial bone such as the jaw, nose, chin or cheek, maxillofacial surgery may be required.
With jaw surgery, rubber bands, tiny wires, metal braces, screws or plates are often used to keep a fractured jaw in place following surgery. This allows the bone to heal and stay in proper alignment. Dental splints or dentures may also be required to supplement the healing process following jaw surgery.
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today and has one of the lowest survival rates. Thousands of new cases are reported yearly. Fewer than half of those diagnosed with oral cancer are cured.
Moreover, people with many forms of cancer can develop chronic and painful complications as a result of their cancer treatment. These include Dry Mouth and overly sensitive teeth as well as accelerated tooth decay.
If oral cancer is not treated in time, it could spread to other facial and neck tissues leading to disfigurement and pain. Older adults over the age of 40 (especially men) are most susceptible to developing oral cancer. However, all ages are at risk.
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth. The most common location is the tongue. Other oral structures include the lips, gum and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.
Early signs of oral cancer can occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas or lesions / breaks in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages making self-diagnosis difficult.
Some additional warning signs:
- Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing
- Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won’t heal
- Lumps or growth in other nearby areas such as the throat or neck
If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could result.
Prevention of oral cancer:
- Discontinue use of tobacco and alcohol products
- Do not allow yourself to be overexposed to the sun
- Eat diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Have regular dental checkups
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. A major cause of discomfort and pain is exposure to cold or hot foods / liquids or inhaling suddenly.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by a number of things:
- An unnoticed cavity or abscessed tooth
- Overly aggressive brushing which can lead to microscopic cracks / fissures in teeth
Hypersensitive teeth can cause people to change their eating habits, avoid social situations or even avoid proper oral hygiene because the simple act of brushing or rinsing causes pain. Relief can sometimes be had by using a desensitizing toothpaste, sealants or special fillings.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding is often reviewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop Bruxism from the inability to deal with stress or anxiety. Teeth grinding can literally transform your bite and worse, severely damage your teeth and jaw over time.
Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity. Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain as well as headaches.
If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are a few clues that you may suffer from this condition:
- You hear popping sounds when you open / close your mouth
- Your teeth look abnormally short or worn down
- You notice small dents in your tongue
Bruxism is somewhat treatable. A common therapy involves the use of a special appliance worn while sleeping. Less intrusive, though just as effective, some alternatives are biofeedback and behavior modification (tongue exercises and learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips).
For Existing Sunshine Dental Patients - In the Event of a Dental Emergency Call: (315) 681-0100*
*We will try our best to return all calls, but we are not “on-call”. This number is intended to be a resource, and not a substitute for emergency care. If it is a true emergency, please contact your nearest emergency room.
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