Oral Health

Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV – 1 and HSV – 2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with a red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

Symptoms of Cold Sores:

  • Pain around the mouth
  • Fever and sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands

Causes of Cold Sore Outbreaks:

  • Stress
  • Chapped Lips
  • Extreme sunlight exposure
  • Physical exhaustion or illness

Even though no cure exists for the cold sore virus, Midtown Dental Associates can provide you with antiviral medication to control the outbreaks and relieve any pain or irritation you are experiencing. You can also avoid developing cold sores by avoiding sharing utensils and drinking cups with others that may be infected.

Mouth Guards

Custom sports mouth guards provided by Midtown Dental Associates can be an excellent way to protect your teeth while playing sports. Unlike uncomfortable, bulky traditional boil and bite guards, our customized sports mouth guards offer a comfortable fit and superior protection. The American Dental Association estimates that over 2 million teeth are knocked out from sports-related trauma, so our mouth guards can prevent serious injury and save you a lot of pain.

Benefits of Sports Mouth Guards

  • Reduces the risk of concussion from lower jaw impacts while playing sports
  • Sports mouth guards protect teeth from being knocked out or fractured
  • Provides a comfortable fit allowing for natural breathing and speaking
  • Prevents jaw fractures by acting as a cushion between upper and lower jaw
  • Meets all High School and Collegiate sports regulations

Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines by involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let Midtown Dental Associates help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.

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TMJ/TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ, TMJD or TMD) cause tenderness and pain in your jaw, face, and head and neck.

These disorders occur as a result of problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint on each side of your head in front of your ears that connects the lower jawbone to your skull.

Possible causes of the disorder are:

  • Injury to the jaw, the joint or muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Dislocation of the ball and socket
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress

If you grind your teeth at night, you may need a bite guard or mouth guard to protect your teeth and prevent them from meshing together.

Certain other causes may also affect your bite, which in turn may require corrective dental treatment. We can improve your bite by balancing the surfaces of your teeth, replacing missing teeth or replacing fillings or crowns.

Maintaining a stable bite is essential to your oral health and ensures that your teeth will come in contact in the most pain-free manner possible.