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TMJ Disorders

According to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 10 million people nationwide are affected by TMD (temporomandibular disorders) wrongly called TMJ, with women being more affected than men. The symptoms can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain and involve not only the jaw joint but also the surrounding tissues, muscles and ligaments. As there are different causes for experiencing pain in the jaws, your dentist will help make a correct diagnosis and get to the source of the issue.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

One of the most common symptoms of the TMJ related disorders is a clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth, usually accompanied by pain. This sound can sometimes be loud and is caused by shifting of the disc inside the joint. The disk is small and fibrous and acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the ball and the socket. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible (or the lower jaw) to the temporal bone, which is at the side of the head. The flexibility of these 2 joints allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, which plays an important role in chewing and speaking. The joint can be easily located by placing fingers just in front of the ears and then opening the mouth. Although the temporomandibular joint is a “ball and socket” joint, because of its complex movement and unique anatomy it is one of the most complicated joints in the body. TMJ disorders are a group of conditions of the jaw joint and chewing muscles with pain being the most common symptom.

Other symptoms may be present:

-locking of the jaw or very limited movement
-muscle pain in the cheeks, temples, or in front of the ear, especially while eating, speaking and yawning
-earaches
-muscle stiffness in the jaw
-jaw becomes or feels stuck
-radiating pain in the jaw, face and the neck
-change in how the teeth fit together
-sharp pain from the joint

Causes of TMD

The exact causes of TMD are not clearly defined, and people may experience symptoms without obvious reasons. Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw without pain being present are common in most people and usually they are not an indicator for TMD. Contrary to the popular belief that bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMDs, research shows that this is not the case. Some of the causes of TMD may include:

-dislocated or eroded disk
-injury related trauma to the jaw
– trauma to the jaw as a result of bruxism (clenching or grinding of teeth)
-rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis of the jaw joint, which can damage the cartilage
– teeth that are not lined up right, or misaligned bite
-stress

When to See Your Dentist

If you are experiencing chronic or long term TMD symptoms, call your dental specialist at CV Dental Care for a professional evaluation. Often people may have other health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia that may be affecting the temporomandibular joint. Your dentist will look at your detailed dental and medical history, examine the way your jaw moves, your teeth and bite for signs of grinding or clenching, and may take x-rays or a panoramic x-ray to get a clear picture of the temporomandibular joint.

In most cases, your dentist may recommend a conservative treatment that may include:

-physical therapy
-temporary soft food diet
-stress reduction and relaxation therapies, massage
-pain relievers
-anti-inflammatory drugs
-muscle relaxant drugs
-steroid injections into the TMJs and tendons
-reshaping teeth to make them fit right
-hot or cold compresses on the jaw

Irreversible treatments for changing and correcting the bite may include orthodontics, crown and bridge work, implants to replace missing teeth and using an occlusal guard to stop teeth from clenching and grinding.

In serious cases with structural problems in the TMJ, your doctor may have to intervene surgically to correct or replace the joint.

TMJ disorders can have a debilitating effect on daily activities. If you’re experiencing any of the TMD symptoms accompanied by pain, give us a call. At CV Dental Care, our TMD specialists will work closely with you to prescribe the best possible treatment that best fits your lifestyle and beliefs.

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Dental Costs and Prices

CV Dental Care also offers Senior and Military Discounts

teeth cleaning
Adult Cleaning
Recommended twice annually. Fees for dental cleanings typically range from $53-$91, and with some Insurances the cleaning is a covered (Free) benefit.
$53.00 /starting
dental x-ray
X-Rays Full Mouth X-Ray
First time patients need them for our records
$60.00 /starting
dental exams
Dental Exam
Family and kids exams can be done on the same appointment
$35.00 /starting
3D CT scans
CT Scan
Advanced 3D CT Scans better quality and no radiation
$150. /starting

tooth fillings
Fillings
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in teeth that develop into tiny holes
$90.00 /starting
TMJ treatment
TMJ
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
$350. /starting
Dentures
Dentures
There are many types of dentures check with us to see what will be best for you. Pricing depends on the materials and durability of the denture
$750. /starting
Dental Crowns
Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth
$700. /starting

traditional braces
Braces Traditional
Silver-colored metal braces are the most common type of dental braces used in orthodontic therapy.
$3500 /starting
Invisalign braces
Braces Invisalign
Pricing depends on laboratory fees based on dificulty of the case Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults and teens. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.
$2100 /starting
dental implant
Single Implant
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
$3500 /starting
all on four dental implants pricing
ALL on 4
All-on four: One full arch of teeth, four dental implants. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth.
$20K /starting

Prices May Vary Depending On Insurance Coverage And Your Treatment Needs

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Denture Relines

Not having your natural teeth, as well as the process of aging causes gum and bone atrophy in the mouth. Most of this resorption occurs during the first 3-4 months after the teeth are extracted, and then continues at a slower speed. A poorly fitting denture can worsen this process and cause gum pain and difficulty chewing. Periodic checkups at your dentist and proper denture care will help prolong the life of your dentures and keep you pain free.

When your denture starts causing you discomfort such as pain, difficulty speaking or chewing, or gets loose, a dental reline may be recommended. This is a simple process of changing the shape of your denture so it can fit properly in your mouth.

Hard Reline

Every two years, all full dentures should have a hard reline. In this process, a layer of the existing denture surface is removed. A putty-like material is filled in and inserted into your mouth to make an exact impression of the denture area. Once this impression has hardened, it is used to create a new surface or base for the existing denture teeth. This step is sometimes completed in the dental office, but more often is done in a lab to produce a longer-lasting surface.

Soft Denture Reline

This procedure is recommended for patients with tender gums or sore spots who are not able to wear the regular hard-surface dentures. A soft reline is a simple and quick procedure that can be done in the office. A liquid polymer is layered into the denture to add depth and cushion and it needs to be replaced every one to two years.

Temporary Reline

A Temporary Reline is performed when the patient’s gums are swollen or sore to a degree that a hard reline or soft reline are not possible. A medicated reline material is applied to the denture, allowing the inflammation to subside and heal. This reline adjusts the denture to fit tightly as it is soft and pliable. After a few weeks, when the gums are healed, the patient is ready for a hard reline or new denture.

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Dental Treatments

With the evolution of dental industry, many new technologies and procedures have emerged that offer various options for patients in achieving outstanding and long lasting results. Our team of experienced dentists at Apache Junction, AZ, Drs. Bigler, Rassam, Standage or Barela, is dedicated to working with each patient to create the best possible treatment plan with the most up-to-date options. We understand that a perfect smile means not only the highest quality of work on our part, but also reflects the patient’s positive and relaxing experience with our dental practice.

Treatments

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CV Dental Care Introduces 3-D Dental Imaging For Better Patient Care

CV Dental Care in Apache Junction, AZ is enhancing treatment planning and patient care with the advanced digital imaging technology of the i CAT®   FLX.

We are now using the latest in dental imaging technology, the i-CAT FLX, a Cone Beam 3-D dental imaging system that is capable of full 3D imaging at lower doses than traditional 2D panoramic imaging.  Cone Beam technology is quickly advancing the dental industry’s leading approach to treatment planning and diagnosis. With a quick scan around the patient’s head, CV Dental Care can now view 3-D patient anatomy to accomplish, more precise evaluation for predictable treatment results in shorter appointment times for the patient.

• Administering LESS DOSE THAN A 2D PAN (lowest dose 3D setting)
• Seeing more on every patient >>>treating  more>>> offering better services to our patients
• Offering the ultimate patient care with state-of-the-art technology
• Drastically increasing our practice through 3D Dental Imaging
• Offering additional treatments

Dentistry’s most accurate imaging. Using the i-CAT FLX, CV Dental Care obtains highly accurate and detailed three-dimensional views of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways and sinuses.  This 3-D dental imaging is used for implant planning, TMJ and airway analysis, orthodontic and oral surgery planning, and to detect pathologies such as cysts and tumors.

Safety and Convenience for Patients.  CV Dental Care can now take an immediate scan for patients with lower radiation dosage than the most popular standard 2D imaging protocols. Once the scan is complete, Name is able to share an immediate visual diagnosis to help patients truly visualize and better understand treatment options. These pre-treatment scans are easily shared with CV Dental Care’s referring doctors helping them perform less invasive procedures through increased precision, thus reducing risks for patients.

“It is our goal to provide the best care for our patients. To meet this goal, we have incorporated many high-tech devices and procedures,” relays CV Dental Care. “Therefore, we are delighted to now offer the i-CAT FLX Cone Beam 3-D technology to the patients who put their trust in us. We are pleased to now know more about their anatomy before we begin any treatment.”

 

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Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

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Dental Crowns

Teeth can undergo a great deal of damage for many reasons. If left untreated, they may eventually be lost. Modern dentistry offers a variety of solutions for saving damaged, worn, decayed, and broken teeth, and restoring their natural look and function. At CV Dental Care, our experienced dentists use the best materials and advanced techniques to restore the most damaged teeth back to full health and functionality. Teeth can undergo a great deal of damage for many reasons. If left untreated, they may eventually be lost. Modern dentistry offers a variety of solutions for saving damaged, worn, decayed, and broken teeth, and restoring their natural look and function. At CV Dental Care, our experienced dentists use the best materials and advanced techniques to restore the most damaged teeth back to full health and functionality.

Dental crowns, or caps, are used to rebuild and cover damaged teeth with materials that resemble one’s natural teeth in strength and comfort. At CV Dental Care, dental crowns are designed and crafted with consideration of our patients’ lifestyle, overall health of the mouth and surrounding teeth, bite, and skin tone. With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years. Our goal is to provide treatments that are used for long lasting correction of major dental problems.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns:

Dental crowns can be used to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth and even the entire mouth, or in conjunction of dental implants. 

  • Even badly broken teeth can be replaced with dental crowns
  • Missing teeth can also be replaced with dental crowns
  • Crowns help slow down existing damage by providing support to cracked or chipped teeth
  • Crowns help restore chewing and proper bite
  • Crowns protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
  • Crowns hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place

How Long Does it Take to Fit a Dental Crown?

As with most restorative methods, dental crowns also require at least two visits to the dentist. On the first visit, you’ll get an injection of anesthesia, after which your dentist will remove any decay and shape the tooth. An impression is then taken, and a temporary cap put on the tooth.

A couple of weeks later, at your second appointment, you’ll have the temporary cap removed, and a permanent restoration put on.

Most major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases, wear and tear can be corrected using crown and bridgework. The dental materials used in these repairs are either high-grade porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Placing crowns on the back teeth relieves the pain that is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. For the front teeth, porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.

At CV Dental Care, we believe that preserving the tooth structure is crucial to the longevity of your teeth and strive to create the highest quality restorations that last several years, and, with a proper oral hygiene for your lifetime.

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Denture Soft Liners

Soft Liners are used to correct and improve the fit of a denture to the changing jawbone and gum tissue of the denture wearer. A layer of soft pliable material, a medical grade soft polymer, is applied to the tissue-fitting surface of the hard denture. This applied layer acts as a shock absorber, especially during chewing, between the gum and the denture’s hard surface. A soft liner is a very good solution for patients with chronic gum pain or soreness caused by an ill-fitting denture due to receding gums and flattened gum tissue, even after adjustments to the denture have been made. Soft liners are used in both new dentures and existing lower dentures that need to be relined. This simple procedure can be done in one appointment at the dentist office, and most patients respond very well to the soft liner materials.

Soft liners have been around for over 20 years and they are constantly improving. Here are some of their main advantages:

• They provide increased comfort and better feel to the denture fit
• They act as a shock absorber during chewing, and there is less or no “pop-off”
• They can last up to 2 years before replacing
• Some soft liners are made from advanced materials that resist fungal growth
• Some advanced soft liners are made to use less adhesives

However, soft liners don’t work with all denture types. In some cases, they may be difficult to clean thoroughly due to the porous material they’re made of, which allows bacteria to penetrate and stay inside. Soft liners may harden with time and cause some discomfort.

At CV Dental Care, we can help you make your dentures fit better and restore your comfort. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dentists. There is more than one solution for an ill-fitting denture, and we are dedicated to your comprehensive care with advanced and proven technology. We look forward to seeing you at one of our convenient locations.

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Denture Rebase & Repairs

 

Denture rebase is a process in which the entire pink acrylic denture base is replaced without replacing the denture teeth. Denture rebasing may be recommended when:Denture rebase is a process in which the entire pink acrylic denture base is replaced without replacing the denture teeth. Denture rebasing may be recommended when:

• The denture base has become porous or weakened
• The denture has already had multiple repairs and relines
• The denture base has become contaminated or discolored
• The denture base has become cracked or damaged
• 3-6 months following the placement of an immediate denture
• The patient cannot afford a new denture

How is Denture Rebase done?

A new impression is taken inside the denture, just like a reline. The old acrylic is completely removed and a new one is then added around the teeth. A rebase changes both the inside and outside of the denture to produce a correct fit. A simple consultation with your dentist will help determine whether you need a denture rebase or reline, which is a similar procedure.

Denture Repairs At CV Dental Care, we can help you understand the circumstances involved in loose, broken, or ill-fitting dentures. However, not all of these cases will require getting a new denture. A denture repair may simply solve the problem. We strive to provide prompt, quality repair services, using the best dental materials, so that you can get back to your schedule as soon as possible.

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