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What Does Popping in My Jaw Mean?

TMJ Treatment | NWA Family Dental
If you have ever yawned a little too enthusiastically and felt a sharp pop in your jaw joint, it probably caused momentary pain and alarm, but you quickly forgot about it and went about your daily business. It’s regular popping upon opening or closing that is a cause for concern and means it is time to schedule a trip to our Fayetteville dental office.Why Jaw Joints PopEach of your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints or TMJ, have a small disc that glides on top of the joint condyle as the jaw opens and closes, while still allowing the teeth to come together upon closing. When teeth do not come ...

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Modern Dentures Exceed Patient Expectations

Dentures | NWA Family Dentist
When you are facing tooth loss, you might decide that dentures are your best option for tooth replacement. You might also have an unpleasant image in your mind of lonely dentures sitting in a cup on the bedside table.Today’s dentures have come a long way in the past several years, and you can rest assured that today’s dentures look nothing like the fake-looking tooth replacements you might be envisioning. Not only do they fit better than ever so they are more comfortable, but modern dentures of today look more natural than ever, too.With dentures made at our Fayetteville dental office, you will have a replacement for your missing teeth ...

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3 Signs That Mean Your Dentures Need Repairing

Dentures | Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Dentures are a great option for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. Not only do they restore your smile, they also give you back the function needed to eat and chew again. When you wear a denture, you may think that your days of visiting the dentist are over, however this is not the case. You should check in with your dentist at least once per year for an examination of both your denture and your mouth. From time to time your appliance may need repairing and realignment. Here are 3 signs you need denture repair in Fayetteville, AR.Movement or SlippageThe key to excellent fitting dentures is a ...

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The Truth about Dental X-Rays and Radiation

Dental X-Rays | Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
If you’ve been going to the dentist all your life like most people, you have had your share of dental x-rays.But have you ever had questions about the safety of dental x-rays? Will there be a cumulative effect of dental x-rays over your lifetime? Can they cause cancer? Should pregnant women and children get dental x-rays?Let’s take a look at these questions so the next time you visit your Fayetteville dentist for dental x-rays, you won’t have to wonder about them anymore.Should Children and Pregnant Women Get Dental X-rays?If you are a parent, you want the best for your child—and that usually includes annual x-rays at the dentist. Sometimes ...

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Want to Extend Your Teeth Whitening Results? Here’s How!

Teeth Whitening | Fayetteville Ar
Everyone wants a bright, white smile, but many of us were not born with teeth as white as we’d like. Not only do teeth come in varying shades of ivory and white, but eating and drinking some foods and beverages can dull our teeth. Other habits, such as smoking cigarettes, can also make smiles less than white.Professional teeth bleaching can make your smile many shades whiter in just one visit to the dentist. If you are a Fayetteville resident interested in teeth bleaching, you need look no further than Dr. Wade Kifer and the team at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental.Making Your Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment Last LongerWhen you undergo ...

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Is a Partial Denture Right for Me?

Partial Dentures | Fayetteville AR Dentist
If you are missing several teeth, a partial denture might be your best option for replacement. A partial denture is an affordable way to improve your ability to speak and chew properly.Residents of Fayetteville who are interested in learning more about partial dentures should call Dr. Wade Kifer at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental. Dr. Kifer can help you decide if a partial denture is right for you.What Are Partial Dentures?Partial dentures are a removable dental prosthetic designed to replace several missing teeth. They are made to look natural by matching your gums and your surrounding teeth.Benefits of Partial DenturesPartial dentures offer patients an affordable way to replace missing ...

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How Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, Drug Abuse Relate to Sleep Bruxism

Bruxism, Alcohol, and Drugs | Fayetteville Arkansas
If you are showing signs of bruxism (teeth grinding), it won't surprise you to know that you should talk to your dentist. What might surprise you is when your dentists ask if you drink coffee or alcohol, or smoke cigarettes. There is an important reason for this question, though.The Journal of the American Dental Association recently published its findings on how alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drug abuse impact sleep bruxism (chronic grinding and clenching while you sleep), and the results supported a connection between bruxism and alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. However, there is currently no sufficient evidence to determine any connection between abused drugs ...

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