Dr. Makhoul's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
Makhoul Dentistry Serving Mission Viejo & Laguna Niguel, CA
TMJ, alternately known as TMD, is the name given to any disorder impacting the proper alignment of the teeth. The most common symptom of TMJ is clicking or popping in the jaw – particularly when chewing or biting – which may be accompanied by swelling and some physical discomfort. More pronounced pain around the jaw, even absent clicking or popping, may also be a symptom of TMJ and should be brought to the attention of Mission Viejo neuromuscular dentist Dr. E.M. Makhoul if it lasts for longer than two to three days.
Acute pain in the jaw may be a symptom...Read More
Sugar isn’t bad for your teeth. At least, sugar alone isn’t bad for your teeth. The acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth that feed on the sugar you eat? Those are bad for your teeth. So bad, in fact, that many family dentists recommend avoiding sugar altogether.
In addition to sugar, refined carbohydrates – think white flour – are broken down into simple sugars after they are eaten. As with refined sugar, refined carbohydrates are a food source for acid-producing bacteria in the mouth. Just like sugar, white bread and starchy carbs can...Read More
Snoring is among the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, but not all people who snore are suffering from this more serious condition. If you are a chronic snorer, it is best to have your symptoms evaluated by an experienced sleep doctor to determine if apnea is the cause. However, minus some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea, it is possible your condition is unrelated.
In addition to snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
- Frequent morning headaches
- Waking with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
Tooth-colored fillings are less noticeable than their metal alternatives. This alone is reason enough for some people to prefer white fillings over the traditional amalgam option. However, aesthetics aside, there are very good reasons to prefer tooth-colored fillings – reasons good enough to have prompted Laguna...Read More
If you have ever considered Invisalign®, now is the time to call our Mission Viejo office for your free consultation. Through October, Dr. Makhoul is offering free consultations to discuss Invisalign treatment, your candidacy for the service, and to answer any questions you may have about this effective and attractive orthodontic solution. Call us at 949-596...Read More
Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is a chemical element most commonly extracted from the cinnabar rock (ore). Used in items as diverse as thermometers, float valves in toilets and water tanks, and fluorescent lights, mercury can also be found in traditional amalgam dental fillings.
Metal fillings are comprised, in part, of powdered alloy such as silver, copper, and tin. The unique...Read More
Snoring can be obnoxious. Not only can it interfere with your own good night’s sleep, it can make it difficult for your partner or those sharing a house with you to sleep as well. Even more worrisome, it may be an indication of...Read More
Braces and other orthodontic services become necessary when bite irregularities, also known as malocclusions, are too pronounced to be addressed with cosmetic treatments such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Some of the most common reasons to seek orthodontic treatment include:
- Gapped teeth
- Overbite, underbite, and cross bite
- Tooth crowding
- Crooked tooth presentation
- Overjet and tooth protrusion
Malocclusion may seem to be little more than an aesthetic issue, but bite...Read More
Temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ or TMD, is the name given to over a dozen conditions that can impact the proper alignment of the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ may include clicking or popping noises when eating, grinding noises when...Read More