September 24, 2015
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone have a dental cleaning and exam every six months. Dr. S. John Salivonchik, the Allentown dentist, agrees. So, would you like to know why regularly scheduled dental checkups are important? Well, here’s a list of the top 7 reasons for seeing Dr. Salivonchik twice each year.
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July 7, 2015
It’s never easy to decide on a new medical or dental practice. Whether you’re new in town, are looking for a new practice because your dentist retired, or you’re unhappy with your current practice for any reason, Consider visiting Dr. John Salivonchik’s convenient Allentown, PA practice today. Dr. Salivonchik offers a full range of dental health care, but his goal is to help people maintain their natural smile for life. Meeting his goal starts with preventive dentistry checkups that go beyond just the surface level examinations and cleanings. Call to schedule your checkup today.
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July 14, 2014
As a response to stress, some patients grinding their teeth unconsciously, often the day but it’s more common during sleeping. The trouble is, the constant pressure and motion can do serious damage to your teeth and the muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. Thankfully, though, this condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied.
The Trouble with Bruxism
Bruxism can result in a number of uncomfortable symptoms, like headaches and facial pain. It can also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has other side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. What’s more, as your teeth rub together over time, this can create surface wear, which will cause dental problems.
How can you stop bruxism? A thorough evaluation at our Coplay office will allow Dr. Salivonchik to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If he determines that you’re struggling with bruxism, he can help you treat your grinding with a special appliance called a nightguard. A nightguard will prevent your grinding and clenching and, in some cases, eliminate the problem.
Are you struggling with frequent headaches, facial pain, or other symptoms? Call our Coplay office to schedule an appointment with us. We serve patients from Whitehall, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and all surrounding areas.
Finally, relief from bruxism can be yours!
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July 19, 2011
Bruxism and TMJ dysfunction often go hand-in-hand. Both are uncomfortable and can seriously damage your smile, just as they can both be treated with oral appliance therapy.
That’s why, if you’re experiencing chronic headaches (including migraines), pain in your neck, shoulders, or lower back, or you have trouble opening and closing your mouth, you should consider scheduling a visit to Dr. Salivonchik’s Whitehall dental office.
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October 29, 2010
Grinding or Clenching is a common dental issue. Some cases maybe more serious than others. If somesone has wear on their teeth chances are they are grinding or clenching. Most of these people grind or clench at night while sleeping, which may lead to sore muscles and jaw pain in the morning. Others may grind or clench during the day, often as a result of stress. More serious complications of grinding and clenching are root fractures or breaking or weakening of the emamel or porcelain veneers. Over a lifetime a person mormally loses less than 1mm of emamel; but someone who grinds can wear away 1mm of emamel in a year. To prevent furthur damage to your teeth, we recommend a nightguard. A nightguard is a hard piece of acrylic which goes over the teeth while grinding or clenching at night. These need to be made by a dentist to not only fit the teeth,but to fit the bite, otherwise additonal complications can occur.