Your mouth is very intricate and a lot of things can go wrong with it, but one of the most delicate areas is your jaw-joints. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) have to do a lot of work each day whenever you open your mouth, so you have to ensure that you are aware of this, look after them and don’t place stress upon them. One of the most destructive elements to the TMJ is teeth grinding and it can wreck your jaws, but you will soon know about it when you find them starting to ache or click whenever you eat or open your mouth. To recover from this may require surgery; you will certainly need to find a way of stopping your grinding problems. Kingston-upon-Thames is lucky to have Mulberry Dental care operating in the town and these are the people to talk to if you are having problems. They are more than happy to offer advice about TMJ issues and can lead you into the right direction to get over any difficulties you may be having. You need to identify this quickly; you will not only be saving yourself from some serious surgery in the future, but saving lots of money in the long run.
When we are young and devil-may-care, we can be forgiven for taking our bodies for granted; we don’t even consider what we put our systems through. But when you break the body down, it is very fragile in places- like the jaws for example. Where the jaws come together on each side, they are hinged by the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ- an abbreviation also used to describe the condition when these joints start to go wrong. They are very tiny and fragile; the only protection they have is from the muscle tissue that surrounds them. Now, they can take the everyday things that are thrown at them, like chewing and talking, but they don’t take kindly to being exposed to extra curricular threats, like from contact sports or teeth grinding; grinding especially can devastate these joints. The first signs of something going wrong are when your jaws click when you chew, or open and close your mouth; they may also ache a lot. You are now descending into a dangerous area because if you don’t identify and stop the cause of the problem, you will need some pretty hefty surgery to repair the damage done. Mulberry Dental Care of Surrey can help you with any problems you may be having with your TMJ and offer their expertise on how to look after them: they serve the Kingston-upon-Thames area- so get in touch.
One of the main priorities dentists have, in all of the fields that they work in is to protect the occlusion of the mouth. This is the way the jaws bite together and this is important for those tiny joints where the lower jaw meets the skull- the temporomandibular joint or TMJ as it is commonly known as, although now, TMJ is a term relating to a disorder in the joint. From crowns, orthodontic work to the replacement of teeth, all of this is done to protect these little joints and if you think about it, they do a lot of work during the day with chewing and your endless chattering. But life can place a lot of stresses on you and one of the results of this can be teeth grinding: this condition can be perilous to your TMJ and soon it will take its toll; the joints may start aching and click whenever you open your mouth. This can lead to all manner of problems throughout your head, your neck and your upper back. If you do damage these joints, they only remedy is to have surgery done to rectify the problem and even then, they will never be the same again. If you would like to know more about your TMJ and how to look after them, then give Mulberry Dental a call; they serve the Molesey area and can give you the best advice around today.
The temporomandibular joint or the TMJ is the point at where the lower jaw connects with your skull; very small and very delicate and if you start to suffer from problems with it, it is also referred to as TMJ- a disorder in the joints. Now in a normal day, these joints do a lot of work; eating and talking, but the jaw is on the go all of the time and yet, thanks to the muscles and tissue that surround it, it copes very well with the average day. Almost every aspect of dentistry is aimed at protecting your bite, just so that your TMJ doesn’t have to go through any extra stress as you go about your life. However, if your jaw joints become damaged, the consequences are very severe and the knock-on effects can be disastrous. Teeth grinding and injuries from sport, for example can ruin these joints and from that, you can suffer from all manner of complications: your jaws may click and pop whenever you use them and biting problems, aching in the face, ear and head aches, migraines, tinnitus and damage in the shoulders are all associated with damage to your jaws and it may take some serious corrective surgery to put things right. If you have been woken up by these facts and want to know more detailed information on how to care and reduce the damage to your TMJ, you should contact Mulberry Dental of Walton-on-Thames, as they operate in the Sunbury area.
One of the most hard working and yet tiniest joints in your body is the temporomandibular joint that links the upper and lower jaws together. These two little things put in a lot of work each day in Sunbury with your eating, chewing and chattering, but this is part of the deal and it can handle things such as these. What the joint can’t handle though is extra curricular work that can come from teeth grinding or damage that can arise from sports. Teeth grinding can obliterate these joints over time: it wears them down, makes them click and also leads to damage throughout the head and neck. Sport can also put these joints in danger if the right precautions aren’t taken. It is why you have your teeth aligned and crowns fitted when any damage occurs in your teeth- to help your bite. If you look at a skull, it really brings home just how fragile these joints are and how they are only held together by muscles. It isn’t easy to say that you should be more aware of these joints as opposed to any others in the body, but if you are aware of what it is that they do and the way they do it, it may just sink in on some level enough to make you cautious about your jaws in the future. You can learn a lot more about your TMJ, how it works and what to do if things start to go wrong from Mulberry Dental Care in Walton.
There are many destructive elements in the mouth and we strive to counter them with the tools at our disposal, but one of the most potent destroyers of teeth is grinding and if you discover that you are doing this, it should be countered immediately: Mulberry Dental Care from Walton can tell you how and where you can get this done in Weybridge, and get it done you must. For it’s not just the damage that grinding can do to your teeth that’s a problem, it can affect your whole upper body. Yes, you can get a mouth-guard made up by your dentist in order to protect your teeth, but it will not solve the problem that is causing the grinding- stress, nor will it protect the rest of your upper area. The grinding will still go on and then begin to damage your jaw joints. It can also induce tinnitus, headaches, cause damage to the discs in your neck and hence, lead to problems in your upper torso. The only way to overcome the causes to teeth grinding is by therapy. You first need to identify what is behind the stress (and possibly anger too) and then learn how to manage it and there are courses around. You then need to learn how to relax and unwind as well at the end of the day, otherwise, you will have stressful sleep patterns and this is where most of the grinding and damage is done.
The abbreviation TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, that is the point at where the jaws meet at the back of your mouth, however like most terms in life it has evolved into meaning that if you have TMJ, it’s a condition that you have with your jaw-joints. However you paint it up, it is one of the smallest, delicate and important joints in the body. A lot of forces go through these joints each day, from chatting and chewing and more dangerously, grinding, so it is important to care for the occlusion or ‘bite’ of the mouth. In your early years, getting your teeth aligned can protect the jaws from over, under and cross biting and ensure that they come together correctly. This will reduce the stresses that go through the TMJ. The fitting of crowns, dental bridges and implants after tooth loss are also important in maintaining the health of the occlusion, as they help to keep the shape of the mouth true. If you participate in contact sports, it’s imperative that you protect your mouth and jaws from damage, again to save your jaw joints- because here’s the deal to all of this. If your jaw aches or clicks, it means that it could already be damaged and it may take some serious surgery to repair it. If you have any fears about this, Walton’s Mulberry Dental Care, that serves Sunbury, has all the information you need about TMJ.
One of the most destructive yet most unnoticed conditions that your mouth can suffer from is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Over a long period of time you can destroy your teeth and do dramatic damage to your head, neck and upper back and damage that can seriously impair your health in the future. At first it is difficult to detect, although eagle eyed dentists will be able to spot the problem the next time you go for a check-up. They can issue you with a mouth-guard to protect the surfaces of the teeth from damage when you sleep, the time when most grinding is done, but that doesn’t address nor solve the core root of the problem that causes you to grind- stress. Stress is never good for the soul and it certainly isn’t healthy for your body either. In a busy place like Shepperton, you probably don’t realise how much tension you can put your body through each day, but you will take it home with you and it is at this point of the day that you must release all the stress and tension from your body in order to completely relax and get a worry-free night’s sleep and free from the problem of teeth grinding. This is not as easy as it sounds and it may take some counselling in order to understand the problem and then cure it. Mulberry dental care helps you with advice on stress management and anger management in order to overcome the issue of teeth grinding.
In the fast paced lifestyle many of us lead these days we can often suffer from stress and anxiety, multi-tasking, long working hours, balancing work and family life and the constant pressures of modern day living.
This can sometimes cause teeth grinding, often referred to as bruxism, where subconsciously we grind our teeth together. We often will do this during the night while we are asleep and be unaware that we are doing it until we are woken by our partner for being so noisy, or when we start to get painful symptoms linked with teeth grinding.
What symptoms can we look out for?
Symptoms that tooth grinding is occurring include sore jaw joints, often headaches and even earache. Teeth can become worn, more sensitive, chipped and in extreme cases, flattened. Your teeth will generally be more sensitive and painful. If you think you have any of these symptoms do go to see a dentist at Mulberry Dental Care who will be able to assess if you are suffering from this and give helpful advice on treatments to deal with it.
What treatments are available?
Mulberry Dental Care will first look at the wear and sensitivity of your teeth. In some cases, crowns and veneers can be broken. Also, wearing of the inside of the mouth is often a sign. Then the dentist will look at the root cause of the problem as this is the best way of treating the problem long term.
For minor problems a splint or mouth guard can be prescribed, which generally is worn at night to stop grinding of the teeth. Sometimes people grind their teeth during sporting activities, so again the mouth guard can be own during this time.
Sometimes dental treatment is needed to line up the teeth and correct a patients bite. Other treatments include therapy and medication depending on the cause of the problem. Patients from Shepperton and adjacent areas can benefit from this treatment.
If you have sudden and unexplained aching in your teeth and jaw then it is possible that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. This common activity amongst United Kingdom adults can have severe consequences and needs to be dealt with so that the health and functionality of the mouth is retained.
Health professionals reckon that there are two main causes of what is clinically known as bruxism. Patients who suffer from psychological stress often grind their teeth during the night as a manifestation of their anxiety. There can be dental causes of bruxism too, most commonly if the patient has teeth which are misaligned and so grinds them together when sleeping.
In doing so, patients run the risk of wearing down the vital and protecting enamel coating on teeth and leaving themselves open to developing cavities. In extreme cases, teeth can actually break down and begin to entirely lose their functionality. Disorders with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the bone which connects the jaw to the skulls, can also ensue, with patients experiencing aching jaws and shoulders and putting themselves at risk of suffering from muscular spasms.
Wearing a mouth guard is a simple way to ameliorate the effects of nocturnal teeth grinding. Your Shepperton dentist can easily make you one of these simple devices which will take the impact out the grinding and protect their integrity. If the problem is with the alignment of your teeth then it might be recommended that you wear a brace or one of the other devices which can correct the layout of your teeth and ensure that you won’t slip into grinding your teeth at night anymore.