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The law allows the costs of getting legal help to be paid ahead of the creditors.  If your dad left anything of value, it can be used first to get legal help so you won’t have to pay for it out of  your own pocket.   As to the creditors, all the law requires is that they be treated fairly out of the remaining funds of his estate.  Life insurance proceeds, retirement accounts, and some other accounts are usually not considered part of the estate, and usually not subject to creditors’ claims.


If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected. Because the third molar area of the mouth is difficult to clean, it is a site that invites the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Furthermore, oral bacteria may travel from your mouth through the bloodstream, where it may lead to possible systemic infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs. Research has shown that once periodontal gum disease is established in the third molar areas, the problem is persistent and progressive, but may improve following extraction of the teeth. In some cases a fluid-filled cyst or tumor may form around the untreated wisdom tooth. As the cyst grows it may lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other structures. (AAOMS.org) By taking the wisdom teeth out before their development is complete, most of these problems can be prevented.


Is the cold weather causing your Headache?

As we experience the cooler mornings and the change in the weather from the beautiful temperate fall we have experienced to the inevitable cold days, my patients will have a significant increase in the intensity and frequency of their headaches and earaches.  The headache can be anywhere in the head or face, with the most common being surprisingly in the occipital or back of the head and radiating forward to the forehead, eyes, or ears. Some individuals actually describe the headache as being everywhere! The 2nd most common TMJ symptom involves ear symptoms which can include ringing or buzzing ears, increased ear pressure, dizziness, or just obnoxious ear pain.   Most of my patients have been to one or several doctors and have received very limited acceptable relief only to experience the pain over and over again. Staying warm and relaxing in general can bring the desired relief from the suffering.  Many of my patients have revolved through this pain cycle numerous times accepting the idea they have headaches, ear or sinus problems, and after multiple repeated bouts have their doctor inform them the cause of all the pain is most likely a jaw joint problem (TMJ) leading to muscle tension pain.    Sounds a little unbelievable to many and investigating the recommended jaw problem (TMJ) is often postponed until the suffering patient is driven to action by desperation.    For free information guide “The Great Imposter” or answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects drdwight@thetmjcenter.com call 234-PAIN.


Yes!  According to WebMD, stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition call distress – a negative stress reaction.  Symptoms may show up as headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, and sleep issues.  Stress may also worsen conditions such as diabetes, depression, heart problems, skin conditions, and more. To reduce the detrimental effects on YOUR body, we’re offering a number of classes and programs this Fall.  Our “Yoga for Persons with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes” class starts Friday, Oct. 24th.   Or, calm your energy with our “Balance Your Chakras” class starting on Monday, Oct. 27th.  You can also schedule a massage/cranial sacral/polarity session with our fabulous massage therapist!  Please visit excelweightloss.com for details or call our office at 233-0593.


What is edentulism?

Edentulism is the loss of teeth.  In the United States, edentulism is a major health problem and disability.  Edentulous patients can receive dental implants which can support their dentures and hold them in position thereby reducing mouth sores and improving tactile sense.
When you can’t feel food on the roof of your mouth, you loose tactile sense which also effects your taste and smell.  Dental implants in the upper jaw can allow your dentist to open up the middle part of your upper denture thereby improving your tactile sense.
If you are edentulous and hate your dentures, then ask your oral surgeon if you are a possbile candidate for dental implants.


Do You Have Muscle Tension Headaches?

 Headaches are the number one symptoms reported by patients and have a cause. Medication usually only camouflages the cause of the pain by reducing the cause and not really identifying the source of the problem.  There are basically three kinds of headaches.  There are severe headaches inside the skull known as migraine headaches.  Patients use the word migraine to communicate the severity of the headache when in reality it may not be a migraine headache at all. The most common headaches are muscle headaches better known as muscle tension headaches. The muscles on the surface of the skull and the face are the muscles that move your jaw.  Place you fingers over the muscle of the face and the side of the head and bite down hard. The chewing muscles will move as they cause the teeth to clench together. Press firmly!  Firm pressure on the muscle should not be any more painful than pressure on another muscle elsewhere on the body. The third kinds of headaches are from referred pain headaches. Referred pain usually come from a distant site such as muscle knots in the shoulders, back or neck that can cause headaches. Take a moment and press around and identify the tender points. Many of my patients are amazed at the extensive relief from finally identifying not only where the pain is, but more importantly what is the source of the pain and eliminate the future referral of the pain. For answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning chronic pain, TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects  drdwight@thetmjcenter.com  call 234-PAIN.


It is true that after a tooth is taken out that the bone that used to support it begins to dissolve away. This is usually a slow but progressive problem that may continue throughout one’s life.  In most situations the ideal time to have an implant placed is at approximately 6 months after the tooth is removed (if not at the time of the extraction). However, there are many times when one may be unable to proceed with the procedure until several years have passed which increases the chance of bone loss in the area. Fortunately, even if there is significant loss of bone in an area that would benefit from an implant, minor bone grafting may often be used to replace the missing bone, creating a sound foundation in which to place the implant. Some people show much less bone loss than others, and even though many years may have passed, they still may have sufficient bone to proceed with the placement of the dental implant. Evaluation of the bone is one of the first things that your implant surgeon will look at when the consultation is performed, and fortunately replacement of lost bone is usually a relatively simple problem to fix.


Research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral cancer. The most common are the use of tobacco and alcohol. Others include poor oral hygiene, irritation caused by ill-fitting dentures and rough surfaces on teeth, poor nutrition, some chronic infections and combinations of these factors.  Because changes can be seen easily in the mouth, diagnosis of oral cancer can be made in its early stages allowing for suspicious areas to be treated and prevent progression. It is recommended that everyone perform a monthly oral exam looking for irregularities, specifically non-healing sores as well as white or red lesions. This should be performed with a bright light and a mirror. Closely examine all areas in your mouth including the roof of your mouth, cheeks, gums, and all surfaces of the tongue and floor of the mouth. In addition to this it is recommended that everyone have an oral screening exam at least once a year, especially if you have any of the above risk factors.


Do you use a CPAP?

Frequently our new patients have recently been seen by their ear doctor and their eye doctor for an explanation for the eye pain or the ear pain and pressure. Predictably the doctors inform the patient there is nothing wrong with the eyes or ears and then amazingly the doctor will offer a prescription to relieve what they did not find in the first place. The most frequent TMJ symptom is occipital headaches which can also refer pain to the eye and the side of the head and ear.  Regularly I find triggers in the neck and chewing muscle that also refer pain to the eyes or the ears. Frequently restoring the muscles to optimum health often eliminates the eye pain and/or the ear pain.  The occipital muscles can refer pain to the top of the head, the back of the eye, and to the ear. Knowing the source of the pain allows one to treat each of the trigger points and eliminate each of the associated painful area. Too good to be true!  Many of my patients are amazed at the extensive relief from finally identifying not only where the pain is, but more importantly what is the source of the pain and eliminate the future referral of the pain.   For answers to your questions call The TMJ Sleep Center concerning chronic pain, TMJ, migraines, sleep apnea, headaches, snoring or related subjects drdwight@thetmjcenter.com call 234-PAIN.


Addressing weight issues at an early age is crucial.   Look for a higher BMI-for-age, excess weight in the belly area, and/or a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans (a darkening of the skin across the knuckles, the underarm area, the back of the neck, or the groin area).  Your healthcare provider and/or our office can help you understand the risk factors.  Many insurance companies now provide a benefit for overweight and/or obesity and Medicaid offers the PHA (Preventive Health Assistance) benefit.  At EXCEL, we know it’s important to involve the family, so nutrition counseling visits are designed to help everyone learn and work together.  We also offer a fabulous Family Fitness Class that includes physical actiivty as well as nutrition education. Call our office at 233-0593 for more information and to schedule an appointment.