Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dentists, dental specialists, and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment or contact us.  A very complete Patient Edcuation Section is available on each page on the right hand side.  From there you can learn about the many options and exceptional dental care you will experience with Drs. DeLacy and Coombs. 

 

 

Drs. Coombs and DeLacy recommend, in addition to the information provided here, to view these trusted sites and resources from groups that both Drs. DeLacy and Coombs are members of.   

Academy of General Dentistry http://www.knowyourteeth.com

American Dental Association  http://www.ada.org

Michigan Dental Association  http://www.smilemichigan.com

People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.

People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.

Some treatments for TMD include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep.

Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint.


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