Smile In Your Pain ~REPACK~
We also offer emergency tooth repair! When you are in need of urgent dental care, you can count on Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental to deliver the high-quality treatment you need right away. Urgent root canals and other dental emergencies require timely care in order to alleviate pain and address problematic damage or infection.
Smile In Your Pain
Marmolejo-Ramos F, Murata A, Sasaki K, et al. Your face and moves seem happier when I smile: Facial action influences the perception of emotional faces and biological motion stimuli. Exp Psychol. 2020;67(1):14-22. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000470
Pressman SD, Acevedo AM, Hammond KV, Kraft-Feil TL. Smile (Or grimace) through the pain? The effects of experimentally manipulated facial expressions on needle-injection responses. Emotion. Published online November 23, 2020. doi:10.1037/emo0000913
If you experience regular jaw pain or headaches, you may have TMD (temporomandibular joint) disease. Many people experience jaw, head, or neck pain when they have TMD. Sometimes, you can relieve the pain on your own with jaw exercises. Other times, the pain simply goes away. However, the pain gets so bad in some cases that patients need to see their dentists about treatment options.
First, try pushing your jaw to one side then the other. To do this, open your mouth as wide as possible. Then, use your right hand to push on the right side of your jaw so it slowly moves to the left. Once you push your jaw as far as it can go, hold the position for about 10 seconds. Then, repeat this exercise on the left side.
Next, we want you to use props to benefit the hinging mechanisms of your joint. With this exercise, you will place a pencil or some other thin, long object between your teeth and clamp down. Then, slowly move your jaw side to side. Once this motion becomes comfortable, upgrade to a larger object such as a marker.
While looking at your smile in the mirror, slowly open your mouth while attempting to keep your bottom teeth and top teeth aligned. To do this, notice the line between your front two teeth and how it compares to the line between your bottom two teeth. Repeat this exercise five times until you get comfortable with it. Eventually, start increasing the exercise up to 10 times.
A study from 2012 involved giving subjects a stressful task to complete. One group had to complete the task while clamping a pencil between their teeth, forcing them to smile the whole time. The other group had to grip the pencil between their lips, forcing them to maintain a more neutral face. Those with the larges smiles returned to their resting heart rates the fastest!
When we are in a good mood, we tend to get more done. And because we can actually make ourselves feel better just by the physical act of smiling, we can improve our productivity at work by smiling more! Your coworkers could even catch the smiling bug, because we all know how contagious smiles are!
Even with all these benefits, it can be difficult to smile with confidence without healthy teeth and gums. Make sure to maintain those good brushing and flossing habits to keep your smile in good shape, and visit your dentist twice a year for a deep-clean and to stop any dental problems in their tracks!
The nerve that controls your facial muscles passes through a narrow corridor of bone on its way to your face. Facial weakness or paralysis may cause one corner of your mouth to droop, and you may have trouble retaining saliva on that side of your mouth. The condition may also make it difficult to close the eye on the affected side of your face.
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When humans face acute pain, they tend to close their eyes tightly, raise their cheeks, and bare their teeth. Certain animals use similar facial expressions, which experts often call the grimace response.
To investigate possible links between facial expression and pain sensation, the researchers recruited 231 participants. The participants all received a shot of saline solution using a needle similar to those used to deliver a flu vaccine.
As the participants held their facial expressions, a medical practitioner administered the saline injection. Once the practitioner had applied a bandage, the participant removed the chopsticks from their mouth and completed a questionnaire about how much pain they were experiencing.
When the researchers examined heart rate data, they found that the Duchenne smile group had significantly lower heart rates than the neutral group. There were no significant differences between the other groups.
Not every dental emergency is entirely avoidable. Although some happen because of accidental injuries, the majority are the result of unchecked infection or damage. Fortunately, you can keep your smile healthy and save thousands of dollars over the years by investing in routine dental checkups.
On top of that, you can avoid breaking the bank by visiting our team as soon as you notice something wrong with your oral health. Taking care of a problem right away will help you avoid needing more expensive and extensive treatment later on.
The good news is that most dental insurance plans offer some level of coverage for emergency situations. At least one yearly emergency exam is typically fully covered, while common services associated with hurting teeth like root canal therapy, extractions, and dental crowns are eligible for 50-80 percent of coverage. Of course, every policy is unique which is why you should confirm the details with your insurance provider before committing to anything. Our team is more than happy to help with this process if needed!
Even if you have minor chips to your teeth and are not experiencing any discomfort, you should still visit us when possible. Whether your pearly whites have been mildly damaged, fractured, or broken, they will not be able to heal on their own. Without treatment, you risk damaging the chipped teeth further. Fortunately, our dentist can provide a number of advanced solutions, depending on the severity of your injury. Additionally, visiting your emergency dentist can help you avoid accidentally harming your gums or oral tissue if your chipped teeth are sharp or jagged.
Thanks to the local anesthetic administered by the dentist, patients should feel no more discomfort during their treatment than what they would feel during a dental filling placement. The myth that root canals cause pain derives from the pain felt beforehand when the infection is present and afterwards when the surgery is complete. However, mild soreness is typical for just about any oral surgery, not exclusively root canal therapy.
When your jaw hurts or a tooth is throbbing, it is hard to concentrate on anything else. When you have oral pain that does not go away after a day or more, it may be a serious oral health issue. At Smiles for Centreville, we never want our patients to suffer from a severe toothache or sore jaw. Call us when you or a family member is in pain and we will schedule you for an exam to find the source of the pain and treat the problem to give you relief.
Teeth contain nerves that can be impacted when there is decay, inflammation or infection, causing pain. You may also experience sensitivity to heat or cold when your enamel is compromised or the gums have receded. If you are having pain or sensitivity, our experienced dental team will find the cause and offer a treatment solution. Often, we can fix tooth problems in one visit to our office, giving you relief from a nagging toothache or annoying sensitivity.
Jaw pain can be caused by many different oral health issues. TMJ is one possible diagnosis, which is a jaw joint and muscular disorder. You may also suffer from bruxism, which is when you grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw. Misalignment problems can also cause jaw pain, making it uncomfortable when you talk or chew.
To find the cause of your jaw pain, our dental team can take digital x-rays and determine what is putting stress on your jaw. Treatment depends on the issue causing you pain; in some cases, something as simple as wearing a dental nightguard when you sleep can relieve jaw stress. Another option may include orthodontic treatment to fix misaligned teeth.
When you are experiencing pain in a tooth or your jaw, contact Smiles for Centreville right away. We will get you in for a prompt appointment to uncover the cause of your pain and give you treatment options to get relief.
Every dental emergency is different. Sometimes patients can head home with a simple prescription, while other cases may require more extensive reconstructive care to help smiles bounce back to their former state. Here in Falmouth, our team will be sure to review your specific circumstances and proposed treatment plan in plenty of detail before any further care is scheduled. We strive to earn your trust and help you feel at ease from this very first appointment.
There are two main reasons why dental emergencies require immediate attention. First, they will not get better on their own; in fact, they will only get worse. Infections will continue to grow and spread, and teeth that were already injured will likely break further from daily use if not treated. The fact that the situation will only become more severe over time leads right into the second reason: if you wait for too long, you could end up needing a more expensive or complex treatment to salvage the function of your mouth. As such, as soon as you realize that something is wrong, you should get in touch with Casco Bay Smiles immediately. 350c69d7ab