Friday, December 23, 2011

Canker Sores (Aphthous ulcers) Laser Therapy Treatment

What is an Cold Sore & Aphthous Ulcer?

An aphthous ulcer also known as a canker sore, presents as a painful open sore inside the mouth. Canker sores do not appear to be caused by viruses or bacteria, although an allergy to a type of bacterium commonly found in the mouth may trigger them in some people. The sores may be an allergic reaction to certain foods. Aphthous ulcers can affect people of any age.

Emotional stress and local trauma or injury to the mouth, such as sharp metal braces, brushing with hard toothbrushes, citrus fruits and hot foods can lead to canker sores. Smoking and dentures can also contribute to the problem. Other possible causes of canker sores include illnesses in which the immune system causes swelling or from autoimmune disorders. Female sex hormones also apparently play a role in causing canker sores.

 Laser Therapy TreatmentLaser Therapy is the most effective, giving immediate pain relief and causing the ulcer to heal in 24-72 hours. Pain relief is immediate and lasting. The ulcers heal in two to four days.

Avoiding known triggers.
A healthy diet with vitamin supplementation is recommended.
Excellent oral hygiene, including use of antibacterial rinses (Rx chlorhexidine or OTC Listerine), has been shown to reduce frequency of attacks.
Reducing stress is important as well.


Thursday, December 1, 2011


Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth that often occurs while a person is sleeping.
The symptoms of bruxism are:  
  • A sore, tired jaw
  • Difficulty in opening and closing your mouth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Pain in your jaw joints
  • Possibly no symptoms   

Bruxism can cause dental problems    

When you brux, the force on your teeth is many times greater than during normal chewing.
These forces can cause:
  • Flattened or worn-down teeth
  • Loss of tooth enamel near the gumline
  • Fractured or loose teeth
  • Damage to the jawbone or jaw joints

Treating bruxism

    Thermal Plastic Nightguard

Though all of the causes of bruxism are not know, stress is often a factor. If this is the case, a variety of stress reduction techniques may be recommended. We may also recommend medication to temporarily reduce stress and relieve pain.

Sometimes, missing teeth, worn teeth, spaces between teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment may cause grinding and clenching. In this case, bridges, crowns, equilibration, orthodontics, or other dental treatments can often restore your bite and eliminate grinding and clenching.

A common and effective treatment for stopping the damage caused by bruxism is the use of a nightguard. This is a plastic device that fits over your top or bottom teeth and protects your teeth by absorbing the forces caused by grinding. A custom nightguard, made from models of your teeth, usually offers the most effective and comfortable protection.

No matter what is causing your bruxism, it's important to treatm it early on to prevent damage and restore harmony to your mouth.