April 21st, 2013
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.
March 5th, 2013
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.
November 15th, 2012
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.
September 24th, 2012
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.
April 23rd, 2012
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.
March 23rd, 2012
The temporomandibular joint or the TMJ as it is more commonly referred to, is probably one of the smallest of joints in the body, yet does the most important job too for patients located in Molesey and adjacent areas. It is the joint where the bottom jaw meets the top and though very delicate, it relies on the muscle around it to give it strength. Now if you take just one hour in the day and think about how much just how many times the joint is moved and then you can start to see just how much we use and rely on this joint. We are constantly opening our mouths in some way or other, be it gossiping, eating, chewing gum- all manner of things so this tiny little joint has a lot of expectations and stresses placed upon it during a lifetime. What it doesn’t need is extra stress placed upon it. In sports for example, the jaw is badly exposed to impact, especially contact sports, which is one of the reasons why we wear mouth-guards. But the biggest danger to the TMJ is that of stress, because we may be ignorant of the fact we are grinding our teeth that over time, can cause terrible damage to this joint that will take surgery to overcome. If you need to know about your TMJ, you can get information from Mulberry dental care in the area.
July 17th, 2011
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.
May 27th, 2011
It probably true to say most of us go through the average day in Kingston-upon-Thames, talking and chewing and biting on some level. If we get stressed, some of us may even resort to grinding our teeth and all these functions rely on the temporomandibular joint or the TMJ; it’s where the bottom jaw is attached to the upper jaw through two little joints, cartilage and muscles. This area has to take a lot of forces everyday, so what it doesn’t need are extra stresses being placed upon it. This is where the work of your dentist comes in, to protect the bite of the mouth using braces, aligners, mouth-guards, bridges and dentures, all designed to ensure the teeth come together correctly to remove any extra pressure from the TMJ, otherwise the jaw can become suceptible to TMJ syndrome; this is where the joints become worn and damaged. Signs of this are clicking when moving the jaw, constant ear and headaches and pain in the upper back that if allowed to continue unchecked, could call for surgery to correct. People who play contact sports need to be doubly careful, and wear the best mouth-guards to protect the mouth and jaw from damage; those who grind their teeth are also at risk as this is considered to be one of the prime causes of the breakdown in the TMJ.
February 15th, 2011
There is a vital muscle which connects your lower jaw with the temporal bone of your skull. The temporomandibular or TMJ coordinates the way your jaw moves, very important when you are eating and talking. It also contains crucial nerves which come from the brain into the jaw. Unfortunately a disorder can develop in it which is extremely painful and might have detrimental effects on the way your mouth can move.
A TMJ disorder might manifest itself with pain when you yawn and difficulty eating and talking. If it is particularly bad your jaw might be in pain even when you are not moving it at all. If left to progress, the nerves which will be affected can cause you to feel pain in your neck and shoulders as well. You might even find that you suffer from spasms in your muscles or tinnitus, ringing noises in your ears.
Because it is connected with your mouth, your dentist will be trained in diagnosing TMJ disorders. They can give you a ‘clench’ test, where you will bite down and the dentist will analyse where you feel pain as a result. Your dentist might take a mould of your teeth or a digital x-ray to determine of the problem lies with the alignment of your teeth.
Thankfully most TMJ disorders can be solved with dental procedures and it is rather rare for sufferers to have to undergo surgery. You might simply need to wear a mouth guard to stop nocturnal teeth grinding or wear a brace to correct alignment issues. But it is always worth taking seriously because the long term effects of untreated TMJ disorders can be serious.
Make an appointment today with your Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist if you are worried about TMJ disorders. It is alwaysbetter to be safe than sorry
September 22nd, 2010
TMJ is a disorder that not many of us have even heard of, yet so many of us are sufferers says Kingston-upon-Thames dentist. The degree of the disorder varies and so thankfully not too many of us are chronic sufferers, it is particular in women more than men for an unknown reason. The full name is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which is ironically quite a mouth full, ironic because the joint involved is the one that adjoins the jaw (Mandible) to the skull. This dysfunction of the joint can cause many other problems from Tinnitus to tooth loss, and it is a disorder that is very difficult to pinpoint as not too much is known about the causes. Inflammations and misalignments of the teeth are the most common symptoms, and a lot of people suffer in silence as they attribute this to other uncontrollable causes. There have been a few cases where patients have reported the symptoms after having had wisdom teeth extracted, it is now believed that the impacted teeth kept the joint in place, and that when they are removed the joint becomes more flexible. This is one of the most common reasons for this awful disorder. It can be quite painful if you are a sufferer, and many are constantly on painkillers totally unaware of the problem. A splint and sometimes a brace will be used to treat the disorder in most cases, these will often stop the grinding of the teeth that is a major attributor to TMJ disorder in the first instance.