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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
November 18, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: tmj  

How your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, can help you with jaw pain

If you have jaw pain, you shouldn’t ignore it—after all, chronic jaw pain is often a symptom of inflammation in the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMJ problems are complex, and often lead to a chronic condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Fortunately, here at our office in Walnut Creek, CA, your dentist, Dr. Frank R. Skiba, offers a wide range of services, including TMJ treatment, to help with jaw pain—read on to learn what he can do for you!

About TMJ and TMD Treatment

The TMJ is a complicated joint that slides like a hinge. Due to its unique movement, it can be easily dislocated, sliding in and out of place. Dislocation can lead to inflammation of the joint, and eventually, to permanent joint damage.

There are several noticeable signs and symptoms you may have TMJ issues. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing:

  • Chronic aching pain in your face, especially around your ear
  • Chronic tenderness and pain in your jaw
  • Difficult or painful chewing or biting down on foods
  • Popping, clicking, or locking in your jaw when you open and close your mouth

You can try some simple home remedies if you experience any of the signs or symptoms listed above. Consider:

  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication
  • Switching to soft foods and avoiding chewing gum or sticky foods
  • Trying a nightguard if you are grinding or clenching at night
  • Gently massaging your jaw muscles and face
  • Applying moist heat or ice to your jaw

If you continue to have symptoms and aren't finding relief from home therapies, it’s time to talk with Dr. Skiba. He may recommend:

  • Corticosteroid medications to reduce swelling
  • Flushing the TMJ, a process called lavage
  • Muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, and pain medication
  • Custom-fit nightguards or TMJ splints
  • Physical therapy and massage
  • Laser or TENS therapy

Need relief? Give us a call

Don’t suffer from TMJ pain when effective treatment is just a phone call away. To learn more about your TMD treatment options, call Dr. Frank R. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, today by dialing (925) 934-8149.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
August 02, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Before undergoing any kind of cosmetic dentistry, we know that you will probably have some questions. Given that more and more people are turning to dental veneers to get that perfect Hollywood-style smile, you may be wondering whether you could benefit. Read on to learn more, and call our Walnut Creek, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Frank Skiba, if you are interested in undergoing treatment!

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin, stain-resistant porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide imperfections and improve the overall shape, color, and appearance of your smile.

What problems can veneers treat?

There are a variety of cosmetic imperfections that can be hidden with the help of dental veneers. These problems include teeth that are,

  • Chipped
  • Discolored
  • Uneven or irregularly shaped
  • Worn down
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned

Veneers have the ability to also close up gaps between teeth to give you a straighter more even smile without having to get braces. If you are looking for a cosmetic treatment that can fix minor aesthetic problems, then veneers may be the preferred treatment option.

How are veneers placed?

Getting veneers in Walnut Creek, CA, is quite simple but it does require multiple steps. These steps include,

  1. Undergoing a consultation with our dentist in order to both address any questions/concerns that you might have and to check the health of your teeth to determine if you are an ideal candidate
  2. Prepping your smile for veneer treatment by removing a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth
  3. Taking impressions of your teeth and sending them to a dental lab who will then create your veneers
  4. Having your veneers permanently fitted and bonded to the front of your teeth

How long do dental veneers last?

Veneers are treated the same way as real teeth, requiring regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups. With the proper oral care, veneers can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. By coming in for professional cleanings every six months, our dentist can also check the health of your veneers and determine when it’s time to replace them.

Interested? Give us a call

Are you thinking about getting dental veneers from our Walnut Creek office? If so, then it’s time to call our dentist today at (925) 934-8149 to schedule a consultation. We’ll give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having!