September 16th, 2013
You know, for all its beauty and luxury, London can be a very taxing and stressful place to live. This stress that the city throws at you each day can get under your skin without you knowing it and it can manifest itself in peculiar ways- one of which is teeth grinding. Without you knowing it, the frustrations that build up in the day can lead to you taking it to bed with you, and before you even know it is going on, you may well be grinding your teeth in your sleep and this will do terrible damage to your teeth over time. Yes, a mouth-guard may well do the job of saving your teeth from a kicking from grinding, but it won’t stop the actual process of grinding and if it continues, it can reap havoc on your jaws, your head, neck and upper-back; it can also lead to issues with your central nervous system. What you have to do is seek some help from your dentist in order to solve the issue because it could be a little more serious than you think, so sit down and have a chat about your issues that you go through each day. It is your oral future we are talking about here.
February 21st, 2012
Your temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ, is the joint in your jaw. There is one TMJ on either side of your jaw. It’s a very important joint, and is used every time we chew, eat and speak.
Because of the location and nature of the TMJ, it’s a joint that interests multiple disciplines, including dentistry and neurology. If you think you might be having problems with your TMJ, see your London dentist, who should be able to refer you to a specialist if necessary.
TMJ dysfunction can happen in many different ways – but often, TMJ disorders share similar symptoms. You might feel pain around your jaw, but also around your head, neck and ears. You might also find your jaw feels restricted, and mandible movement may cause you significant pain. TMJ dysfunctions can affect your ears and hearing too. Many patients report earache and hearing loss.
One of the most common TMJ dysfunctions is what’s called disc displacement. This is when the articular disc slips out of place in your jaw, causing painful friction and grinding. If you have any reason to think you might be suffering from a TMJ dysfunction, you should see your dentist immediately. They can be very painful, and treatment is often necessary.