Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Most orthodontic protocols require extractions of 2 or more teeth prior to starting treatment. However, the problem is nearly always that the upper and lower jaws have not developed or were not guided to develop correctly starting from a young age. By extracting teeth and contracting the remaining teeth in the upper and lower jaws, future problems will arise including TMJ disorder, facial muscle pain, and even a reduced airway. The following image shows how two identical twins matured differently. The girl on the left had 4 teeth extracted while the girl on the right had her jaws guided to develop correctly without surgery.
Monday, April 9, 2018
The Temporomandibular joint(TMJ) is the only joint in the human body that is designed to dislocate which in use. Any noises in the TMJ or deviation of the jaw on opening is an indication that the joint is not functioning correctly. A portion of cartilage known as the "disc" provides a cushion between the jaw bone and skull when opening. If the disc is not positioned correctly, shifting or a "click"/"pop" noise will occur. This can lead to future problems such as having a jaw stuck open or closed, or even arthritis in the TMJ. Eventually a cascade effect will occur when teeth may start to crack, or facial/neck muscles will start to produce pain. A proper diagnosis of the condition includes impressions and models, imaging, photos, and possibly and MRI to determine the extent of damage to the TMJ.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
As if losing a tooth or teeth weren't bad enough, now a study found a connection between cardiovascular disease and the loss of a tooth. There already are numerous studies that find a link between periodontal(gum) disease and an increase in cardiovascular disease, so this appears to reinforce that discovery. Proper home care and regular dental visits are the cornerstone to maintaining great oral health.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Cosmetic dentistry can involve an entire makeover, or something as simple as rejuvenating a few teeth. Our goal is to help you achieve the smile that you want. Dr. Do can do anything you desire, from creating a Hollywood makeover to a simple, natural smile.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Our office would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter weekend! Every celebration in life revolves involves some type of food so feel free to call us for any dental care you are worried about including cleanings, cosmetic, implants, or TMJ disorders.
Monday, March 12, 2018
At Manoa Dental, we are committed to every patient's long-term oral health. Our goal is to evaluate, diagnose, and treat whatever present or future problems we can see during our exam. Dr.Do and Dr.Choy analyzes three main factors, which are teeth, bite, and TMJ. They are all interrelated, and can affect each other. If there is a breakdown in one of these areas, it will eventually create an issue in another or all three. Training after dental school is imperative to know what future problems can occur.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Cosmetic dentistry has taken tremendous leaps in the last 20 years regarding techniques and materials used. We now can rejuvenate a smile without cutting down a tooth, as opposed to before where teeth would always need crowns to create your special smile. Additional training is required, so always check the qualifications of your dentist to perform these procedures. Since cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty, training and credentials are the most accurate way to determine their qualifications. Dr. Do is accredited by the premier cosmetic dentistry organization known as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry(AACD). They maintain high standards for their members, and much higher standards for their accredited members.