Dentists are dedicated to your oral health and care about the condition of your teeth. At Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.
Healthy teeth and gums are an important component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrasment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team of dental professonals at Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions in Brentwood, Tennessee, wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your vitality in any way.
We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many people around Brentwood often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.
Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13, an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.
Many adults have their wisdom teeth pulled out because the crowding causes headaches and problems sleeping. In addition to crowded teeth, we treat sleep apnea and chronic headaches with custom-made devices and an oral health approach.