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Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?

TMJ can be the cause of a variety of painful symptoms that leave patients looking for relief.  In fact, like many of the patients in our Encinitas dentist office, you may be surprised to learn that the persistent headaches and neck pain you are experiencing can actually be the result of a dental condition called Temporal Mandible Disorder, or TMJ dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ, which stands for Temporal Mandible Disorder, is characterized by a clicking or “popping” of your jaw joints.  TMJ has a number of uncomfortable or painful symptoms that affect more than just your mouth.  If you suffer from TMJ, you are likely to experience frequent headaches.  TMJ sufferers also experience muscle tension and discomfort in their jaws and in their necks, particularly when they wake up in the morning. Continue reading “Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?” »

Am I Allergic to the Crowns in My Mouth?

Over 30% of the population is allergic to metals, primarily nickel.  Nickel is a metal found commonly in dental fillings and crowns.  Metal allergies typically manifest as a skin rash, or contact dermatitis, and occur more frequently in women than in men.  

Metals have been used in crowns and fillings for years, the conventional wisdom being that amalgam fillings are more durable, or last longer than other materials would.  This means that, if you have crowns, there is metal in your mouth.  In addition to nickel, a known allergen, metals in crowns include platinum, palladium, cobalt and beryllium.  Allergies to cobalt, or even cobalt and nickel cross-reactions, have been known to cause uncomfortable skin reactions. Continue reading “Am I Allergic to the Crowns in My Mouth?” »