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What Causes TMJ Disorder?

September 15, 2014


If you are suffering from headaches or chronic migraines, a disorder of the jaw joint, or the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), may be the culprit. Dr. Robison offers comprehensive treatment and prevention therapy of TMJ disorders. He can evaluate your symptoms to determine if they are caused by a TMJ disorder. But what exactly causes a TMJ disorder in the first place?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Explained

Imagine the skull as two separate bone parts joined together by a network of joints and muscles. The lower part, or jaw, hinges upon the upper part of the skull through the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). When you open and close your mouth, the jaw bone rotates in its socket as your teeth part and then come back together. It’s at this point that things can go wrong.

When you bite down, your teeth are supposed to come into contact at the same time. However, for some people, their back teeth might come together before their front teeth. To avoid the pain that occurs when a bite is uneven, the brain and jaw muscles compensate. The jaw bone is pulled out of its socket to ensure that your teeth come together evenly. While you’re sleeping, this compensation causes clenching and grinding, and your jawbone stays out of its socket all night. These muscles eventually fatigue and your TMJ deteriorates leading to spasms and inflammation. You might also experience clicking and popping sounds and chronic aches and pains in the head, face and neck.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Early detection can prevent joint deterioration and get rid of the pain and discomfort it causes. Your dentist can customize a special orthotic plate for you to wear a night, which can stabilize the jaw joint relationship, alleviating the symptoms of TMJ disorder and preventing any further deterioration. If you suspect that your headaches and jaw discomfort symptoms could be caused by a TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Robison today to schedule a TMJ disorder consultation. Dr. Robinson proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI community, including Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers!

August 15, 2014


Having a smile you feel as though you are merely settling for can be very detrimental to your self-esteem. Because many people think of a smile as a first impression, but being able to feel confident in your smile and in the way you look can affect the way you view yourself as well as the way you interact with the people around you. Whether your teeth are gapped, misaligned, stained, or chipped, it can be difficult being as outgoing as you would like, and you may feel as though there is nothing you can do in order to rectify your smile. Fortunately, Dr. J.D. Robison is able to give you the smile you have always wanted by offering porcelain veneers at his Canton, MI dental office.

One of the reasons why many patients choose porcelain veneers is because they are able to cover up many blemishes in your smile. Being able to cover up years of wear and tear on your smile, porcelain veneers are an excellent way to achieve the smile you have always wanted.

The first step to your porcelain veneers is a consultation with Dr. Robison. There, he will be able to assess your smile in its current state, discuss your smile goals, and go over how you will want your new smile to look. You will also have that time to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, allowing you to be as knowledgeable and comfortable throughout this entire process as possible. Dr. Robison will make impressions of your smile, and send them to a dental lab to have your veneers made. With this, we are able to keep your facial features in mind, making sure your smile transformation is as natural-looking as possible. Your natural tooth is prepared by removing a small bit of enamel, ensuring space in your mouth for your new smile. When your veneers are ready, they will be placed and made permanent with dental resin cement. At the end of the procedure, you are left with a gorgeous smile that everyone will envy! If you would like Dr. Robison’s help rejuvenating your smile using porcelain veneers, contact our office today!

Are you ready to make an appointment? Call Robison Dental Group today to schedule an appointment with Dr. J.D. Robison. We are able to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs. During your visit, he will complete an oral exam, review your medical history, and talk to you about the results you would like to see. Robison Dental Group is proud to serve patients in the Canton, MI community, including Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the surrounding areas.

Come to Robison Dental Group for a Mid-Year Smile Makeover

July 29, 2014

General DentistryIt seems like 2014 just got here, but it’s already half over. That means if you have changes you want to make to your smile, now is the perfect time to get started. The major holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, are still months away, but some cosmetic procedures take more time to complete than others. Don’t wait to get started on your smile makeover.

Which Services Are Right for Me?

Robison Dental Group offers three great cosmetic services to help you improve your smile and your confidence:

Maybe you only need one of these to achieve the results you’ve been dreaming of, or maybe you need a combination of services. A smile makeover puts two or more services into a personalized treatment plan so you can have the best smile possible.

Are you ready to get started on your smile makeover? Call Robison Dental Group today to schedule an appointment with Dr. J.D Robison. During your visit, he’ll complete an oral exam, review your medical history, and talk to you about the results you’d like to see.

Robison Dental Group is happy to serve patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and all surrounding areas.

How Can Chewing Gum Help Your Smile?

June 25, 2014

gumKeeping your smile clean throughout the day will help you enjoy good oral health. It’s not always possible to brush and floss after every meal, though. Maybe you’re at work or you’re out all day doing errands. What can you do to help you keep food and debris away from your teeth and gums?

Try chewing gum in between snacks and meals. Because gum is sticky, chewing a piece of gum after you eat will help you clean your teeth. What’s more, chewing stimulates the production of saliva, which has a neutralizing effect on acid. The one-two punch of cleaning food away from teeth and neutralizing acid will protect your smile from decay and more.

What Kind of Gum Should I Chew?

The brand of gum you choose matters less than choosing a gum that’s sugar free. Sugar spurs the production of decay-causing cavity, while sugar free gum promotes a more stable environment. Some brands of gum use xylitol as the sweetener. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibers of plants and also has a neutralizing effect on acid. That’s why xylitol is also used in some toothpaste brands as well. Support your oral health by chewing sugar free or xylitol gum.

Do you have questions about keeping your smile clean? Call us today with your questions or to schedule an appointment. Robison Dental Group is located in Canton and serves patients from Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

Smoking, E-Cigs, and Your Smile

June 12, 2014

You already know that smoking cigarettes can damage your lungs and lead to cancer, but did you know it can also lead to a range of oral health issues? The biggest of these is oral cancer. Others include:

  • Bad breath
  • Staining
  • Increase buildup of bacteria and plaque
  • Greater risk of gum disease

Today, many are trusting in e-cigs as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But given how new e-cigs are, there’s still a lot that’s unknown about them. Are they really safer for your oral and overall health, or do they come with long-term effects of their own?

As explained in this video, there are some reasons to be concerned. First, e-cigs may not contain tobacco, but they do use vaporized nicotine, which contains harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, in this case through the sensitive soft tissue of the cheeks. Plus, with repeated use, patients may experience gum recession or changes to the lips.

To learn more about the relationship between oral health, smoking, and e-cigs, take a moment to watch the video below or call Robison Dental Group. Our Canton dental office serves patients from Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

Vitamins and Minerals That Will Help Your Smile

May 27, 2014

nutritionYou already know how important vitamins and minerals are for your health, but if we asked you which vitamins and minerals specifically benefit your smile, would you be able to name any?

In today’s blog post, we want to help you identify those vitamins and minerals that can help you enjoy both oral and overall wellbeing.

A short list of vitamins and minerals that are good for your smile would look like this:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and B12
  • Vitamin D

You can, of course, get all of these some a simple multivitamin, but it’s just as important that you get them through a balanced, nutritious diet.

Dairy items like milk, cheese, and yogurt all contain calcium, which can help you build strong teeth and protect your smile from gum disease. These same foods are also high in vitamin B12, which can make you less vulnerable to developing mouth sores. Meanwhile, foods like sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, and citrus fruits are an excellent source for vitamin C. This vitamin helps provides patients with excellent protection for their gums.

Now that you’re away of which vitamins and minerals are good for your smile, how can you make sure that you’re getting what your body needs? By sticking to a diet high in fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. We also recommend following a good brushing and flossing routine, and coming to Robison Dental Group at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Do you have questions about how vitamins and minerals can help your smile? Call our Canton dental office for an appointment. We serve patients from MichiganAnn ArborNorthvilleWestland, and Plymouth.

Are You Brushing Correctly?

May 12, 2014

general dentistryOf all the things you do everyday, brushing and flossing are two of the most important. Through regular oral care, you can protect your smile from common oral health problems by removing bacteria and plaque from around the teeth and gums. And because medical studies have linked a common problem like gum disease to other kinds of health problems, brushing and flossing will also help you support your overall wellbeing.

Now that you know how important brushing and flossing are, it’s time to ask yourself: Are you doing both correctly?

For optimal oral health, we recommend brushing for about 120 seconds, or two minutes, making sure that you spend equal amounts of time on your upper and lower teeth, and on both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth. Brushing is also more effective when you hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and apply firm but gentle pressure as you scrub. Brushing the surface of your tongue will help you prevent bad breath by cleaning bacteria off of it.

How often should you brush? We tell patients to brush at least twice a day, but preferably after any time you eat. You should also floss at least once a day to remove leftover pieces of food. For extra protection, end your routine with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. Following these steps will help you enjoy good oral health in between visits.

Do you have other questions about brushing and flossing? Don’t hesitate to call Robison Dental Group in Canton. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you. We serve patients from CantonMichiganAnn ArborNorthvilleWestland, and Plymouth.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

April 16, 2014

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that start coming in during a patient’s teenage years. Unfortunately, our mouths do not have room for them. That means having them removed is crucial. If wisdom teeth become fully developed, as with our other adult teeth, they can cause crowding or impaction. Both come with uncomfortable complications.

In the first instance, your wisdom teeth will push other teeth out of alignment. They may move forwards, backwards, or to one side or another. With misalignment, patients are more vulnerable to problems with the jaw’s temporomandibular joints and to gum disease and decay. In the second instance, your wisdom teeth may become stuck, causing pain, swelling, and possible cysts, tumors, or infection.

At Robison Dental Group, Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison will start looking for development before patients hit adolescence, at around the ages of 11 or 12. It is a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed sometime in the following years, preferably before the patient’s teenage years are over. We can do this routine procedure at our Canton dental office, pairing it with a form of sedation dentistry to make your visit comfortable and stress-free.

Do you need to schedule an extraction for someone in your family? Call Robison Dental Group for a consultation. We offer care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

The Connection between Bad Breath and Gum Disease

April 4, 2014

bad breathWe think of bad breath as being caused by the foods we eat. But for patients who struggle with frequent bad breath, the cause may be gum disease instead.

The connection between gum disease and frequent bad breath—also known as halitosis—is easy to explain.

The foods we eat cause the bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky substance known as plaque. Brushing and flossing help to control the amount of plaque around teeth. However, poor brushing habits can cause bacteria, plaque, and even pieces of leftover food to accumulate. Over time, this accumulation is what produces the bad breath of halitosis.

Thankfully, treatment for halitosis is possible. Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison offer effective gum disease therapy to help you treat your symptoms. Using specialized oral care products at home will also help you enjoy fresher breath and better oral health again.

Has your struggle with halitosis and gum disease made you anxious about socializing with others? Relief for your symptoms is possible. Call Robison Dental Group today for an appointment with our Canton dental team. We offer exceptional care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

What Is the Las Vegas Institute?

March 16, 2014

If you’ve read the bio for Dr. J.D. Robison, you might have noticed that he studied at the Las Vegas Institute. Also known as the LVI Global, this institution is highly regarded in the U.S. and around the world. Students have come from a range of different country to learn from LVI’s experienced dental instructors.

LVI was founded in 1994. The campus takes up 62,000 square feet, has 10 operatory clinics for instruction, and even has labs for training lab technicians.

During his time at LVI, Dr. J.D. Robison learned how to diagnose and treat jaw-joint disorders. These disorders can cause patients to experience symptoms like chronic headaches, as well as pain in the jaw, neck, back, and shoulders.

At Robison Dental Group, we can provide effective care for jaw-joint disorders with the latest neuromuscular technology. Read more about the condition and how we can help on our TMJ headache prevention page.

And if you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, we encourage you to go ahead and call Robison Dental Group for an appointment. Our Canton dental team is happy to assess your oral health needs and make a recommendation. We offer neuromuscular care to patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth and beyond.

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