Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding

Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding
Dr. William Aerni- The Strongsville Dentist

Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching.  This is a medical health problem as well as a dental health problem because it can lead to uncontrollable contractions of the jaw muscles, popping or clicking of the joint found in the lower jaw, swelling of the lower jaw, damaged teeth, and headaches.  If teeth grinding and jaw clenching continue, it will erode tooth enamel and damage dental work, leading to tooth decay.

There are a few ways to reduce and avoid teeth grinding and jaw clenching:

  • Do not chew on anything that is not food (pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Decrease gum chewing
  • Reduce the consumption foods and drinks that contain caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol consumption
  • Drink more water
  • Improve dietary habits
  • Work to relax the jaw while awake to encourage a relaxed jaw while sleeping
  • Reduce Stress levels
  • Get plenty of sleep

Bruxism is a commonly overlooked disorder that is usually caused by something that is not right within the body.  It is obvious from the list above that stress and an unhealthy lifestyle are the main causes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching.  Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia also encourage grinding, but may require further treatment.  By following the tips above and adopting an all around healthier lifestyle, bruxism and its effects can be reduced over time.

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Need Braces?

At Aerni Dental, you’re more than just 32 teeth.

Our goal is to provide the gold-standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to a painless experience with our top-of-the-line implant technology and orthodontic Tip Edge Technique. For more information, check out our video where Dr. Aerni explains the process.

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Strongsville Dental Implants

At Aerni Dental, you’re more than just 32 teeth.

Our goal is to provide the gold-standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to a painless experience with our top-of-the-line implant technology. For more information, check out our video where Dr. Aerni, our resident Strongsville dentist, explains the process.

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Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth
Dr. William Aerni
Horror stories about the pain and procedures that accompany having wisdom teeth removed are not uncommon.  Many people have their wisdom teeth removed at a young age, but the truth of the matter is that wisdom teeth don’t have to be removed unless they are impacted or are at risk of becoming impacted.  This is not something that should be taken lightly because it can have serious health effects.  A tooth is impacted when bone or another tooth is blocking it from erupting, causing other teeth to shift.  This will lead to additional dental work in the future.

Some symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:

  • Bad breath and/or bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain and/or difficulty opening mouth
  • Pain and swelling around the tooth
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Swollen glands
  • Earache

If you show signs of any of the above symptoms, visit your dentist immediately.  It is important that the impacted tooth is removed to ensure that no other teeth are damaged.  If the tooth is left without treatment it can lead to crooked teeth, cavities due to overcrowding, and even lock jaw.  Having regular X-rays and dental checkups will ensure that any problems are caught early on and can be treated before causing any further damage.

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What are Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dr. William Aerni

What are dental implants? Anyone that has lost a tooth or needed a tooth replaced has wondered what their options are to replace it. Removable dentures, a fixed bridge, and dental implants are the three most popular options to fill the space where a tooth once was. Removable dentures slide and click, making them uncomfortable to wear. Fixed bridges are anchored to nearby, healthy teeth which can damage them over time and may need to be replaced every couple of years. Dental implants are by far the least invasive and the least harmful to surrounding teeth and the most comfortable for daily wear.

Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution for missing teeth and very rarely have to be replaced due to damage. The procedure begins with a dental exam and  the latest technology and 3D scan to identify problems and map out the solution. Next, molds are taken to custom fit the implant to the patient’s mouth. First, a titanium implant is fused to the bone once the old tooth has been removed. This implant looks similar to a small screw and after being put in place it is given a few weeks to heal before attaching the crown. The crown has the appearance of a tooth and must be formed to the patient’s mouth.  

Most patients worry about the pain level that is involved with dental implants. Patients feel no pain from the beginning of the procedure to the end of the healing process. Even with a painless procedure, patients may feel anxiety with dental work. For this, Dr. Aerni offers the latest in sedation to ensure that a patient is as comfortable as possible. Dental implants are a great solution to replace missing teeth while feeling natural and restoring confidence and a beautiful smile.

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The Dentist in Strongsville

Aerni Dental, The Dentist in Strongsville

Aerni Dental is one of the most reputable dentist offices in Strongsville as well as the Cleveland area.  Doctor William Aerni chose to place his dentist office in Strongsville, Ohio, in 1988. It is located  on Pearl road just off of Idlewood trail and backs up to the Metroparks, allowing patients to relax and look at nature while they wait for their appointment with Dr. Aerni.

One of the most prestigious Dentists in the Cleveland area, Dr. Aerni graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He was later certified at the Midwest Implant Institute at Case Western Reserve University and furthered his education at The Academy of GP Orthodontics where he studied adult and child orthodontics.

Dr. Aerni earned the distinguished Robert James Award in recognition for dedicating himself to the pursuit of excellence in general dentistry and implantology.  To this day his goal is to provide the gold standard of care to each patient and to leave them feeling happier, healthier, and more confident.  Aerni Dental offers a variety of dental services including preventative care, restorative care, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and dental implants.

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Pick the Right Shade for Your Teeth Whitening

It seems like the trend in Hollywood is to get a teeth whitening that is so white, it blinds you. Not all teeth are shaped the same, so why should they all be the same color? Of course, we all want white, healthy-looking teeth, but sometimes the whitest white isn’t the best fit. Picking a shade more tailored to your skin tone and previous tone will give you the most natural look.

Here in the office, we have a shade guide to give you the best match for your teeth whitening, but here are some other things to bear in mind:

  • Stains on your teeth. Stains can be harder to remove if they are dark or gray. Yellow or brown are easier to get rid of. White stains can be blended in with your new shade.
  • Crowns and fillings can’t be lightened. It’s best to get these white to begin with, but they might not match the new shade.
  • Don’t go whiter than the whites of your eyes.

And don’t worry, we can’t make your teeth glow in the dark. 🙂

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