London is a demanding place: it expects a lot of you and you need to be on top of your game to get by. However, with such requirements comes stress and at first, you may not even notice the pressures put upon you, but one tell-tale sign is teeth grinding. This is a highly destructive condition that will not only destroy your teeth, but it can wreck your jaw-joints, cause serious problems to your hearing and damage your neck and upper back. The thing is that if you don’t learn to de-stress at the end of a hectic day, you will take your issues to bed with you and this is where teeth grinding has the most potent effect. A mouth-guard can protect your teeth, but it won’t stop the physical action of clenching your teeth together; this will require more serious attention. You may well be suffering from anger issues or an overload of stress and for this you will need professional help in order to identify what it is that is causing the problem. You need to learn to unwind at the end of the day and with the correct help and direction, you will not only be able to diffuse the antics of the day that have got to you, but it will put you in a better frame of mind when you go to bed.
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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.
You might not even notice you are doing it but the process of grinding your teeth in your sleep canm have a number of bothersome consequences. It is just as common as snoring in the United Kingdom but because it is often inaudible, bruxism (as it is clinically known) often goes untreated.
Health professionals reckon that there are two major causes for nocturnal teeth grinding. If your dentist determines that it is being caused by stress then you may be referred to a psychiatrist. Another potential cause it that there is a problem with the alignment of your teeth. Your dentist can help by examining your mouth and ruling out or confirming if it is your bite which is the problem.
Bruxism is certainly worth dealing with in order to avoid the potentially serious knock on effects. The process of your teeth grinding together, night after night, can begin to wear down the hard, protective enamel and seriously compromise the healthy structure of your teeth. It can also contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) where the connection between the jaw and the skull is damaged and causes pain in the neck, shoulders and face.
If your dentist determines that your teeth grinding is caused by an alignment issue then he or she might advise that you wear a brace in order to properly align your teeth. Or it might simply be the case that you are fitted with a mouth guard to wear at night so that the strain is taken off the process of grinding. You should always mention any concerns you have about nocturnal teeth grinding to your City of London dentist.
TMJ is the more common name for temporomandibular joint disorders which affect the areas around the jaw, neck and head. Although it must be said that very little is actually known about the specific causes of TMJ, it is known that the main symptom is pain. The symptoms are also very persistent which means that TMJ can be a very stressful and unpleasant experience. It can affect even the simplest of everyday activities such as eating and talking. Because the condition is not widely understood, it means that in many cases a diagnosis will take a long time to reach and may even be given as something else entirely before the real cause of the problem is discovered. As you can imagine, this can be very frustrating for the patients concerned.
It is estimate that as many as one in ten people may be suffering from TMJ of some sort but only a tiny per cent of these will ever receive any treatment. The most obvious signs that you are suffering is a pain around the neck or jaw that won’t go away. It can also cause stiffness of the muscles in the neck and dizziness. In most instances, TMJ will eventually get better on its own but in more serious cases this could only be after many months or even years of agony. Because TMJ affects the jaw, it is very likely that your Central London dentist will be able to help you. They are trained to spot the signs of TMJ and also where possible to offer treatment. This could involve realigning some of the teeth, as it is thought that a misalignment could be responsible for the condition in the first place. Anything that affects the bite (the way the teeth sit together) could be responsible for causing jaw and neck pain.
Often mistakenly attributed as a symptom of a wider condition, TMJ is the collective name for a series of muscle and joint complaints that affect the temporomandibular joint around the face and mouth. TMJ limits movement of the jaw and causes pain. The condition is poorly understood which often leads to misdiagnosis and patients having to wait many months or even years before they are properly treated.
TMJ can affect as many as one ten people at some level but only a tiny fraction of these people receive the treatment that they need for the condition. Unfortunately, the main characteristic of TMJ is pain. Other symptoms include limited or difficult movement of the jaw, ringing in the ears, dizziness and stiffness. In most cases TMJ will only be mild and the symptoms temporary. It will often clear up on its own and require no further treatment but for those patients affected by a chronic case of TMJ, life can become very difficult. It is necessary, if you think you are suffering from TMJ to make an appointment to see a Central London dentist as soon as possible.
Even though there is no standard diagnostic test for TMJ, Central London dentists will be experienced enough to spot the tell-tale signs and make a diagnosis. In most cases TMJ is caused either by genetic predisposition or as the result of a minor misalignment of the teeth. The dentist will attempt to correct the alignment and alleviate the pain to allow for a speedy recovery.
Grinding your teeth during sleep may be the result of stress in your life, that is manifesting itself subconsciously during the night. Alternatively it might be due to an interruption in bite caused by a change in the position of teeth. This is very common for patients who have recently lost teeth in an accident or due to decay.
Subconscious teeth grinding is known as bruxism and can result in painful jaw conditions called TMJ. It can also grind down tooth enamel causing major dental problems and very painful toothaches. When the enamel of a tooth is lost it can expose the very sensitive part of the tooth to the extremes of temperature experienced when eating and drinking. It can also expose the central part of the tooth to infection.
Bruxism can also be a major reason behind bad sleep and stress which in turn makes the situation worse. It is important therefore to see a City of London dentist if you or a partner grinds their teeth during sleep. Dentists can design and fit special mouth guards that prevent teeth grinding during sleep. They may also be able to restore your bite so that there is no muscular stress causing the grinding.
Bruxism or teeth grinding can be a hard and unpleasant habit to break but dentists are there to help you get the pain-free nights sleep you deserve.
Did you know that a dental implant could be the best option to replace a missing tooth? Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone itself to provide a realistic and tooth-like level of security rather than resting on the gum like other dental substitutions. An implant from a London dentist is therefore a more long-term solution to a missing tooth.
Missing teeth need to be replaced for a number of cosmetic and wider health issues. A gap in the dental arc can be the cause behind dental infections and decay, bite problems and painful jaw conditions such as bruxism and TMJ. Replacing the tooth as soon as possible is always a good idea to prevent it causing you any further dental complications.
Statistics in the UK show that over two thirds of adults over the age of forty have lost at least one tooth to decay or accident. By the age of 75, a quarter of all people have lost all their natural teeth. More temporary or unfixed solutions such as dental bridges and dentures can perform a cosmetic role but they are really only band-aids for the actual missing tooth. A dental implant actually strives to replace the whole structure of the tooth for the patient’s peace of mind and to remove the need for messy adhesives. Dental implants are also so strong that they do not inhibit the eating of certain tougher foods that can be the case with more fragile substitutes.
A dental implant comes in the form of a small titanium screw that is drilled into the jawbone through the gum. Given time, the bone and gum tissue will fuse to the implant making it solid and ready to receive an artificial tooth. When this is attached, the patient will have the secure feeling of a real tooth that is only achievable with anchored dental implants.
As dental technology improves with the increased use of computer aided design and manufacture dentists are able to achieve more realistic and lifelike results. One aspect of dentistry that has significantly improved over recent years is the manufacture of dentures. In the past dentures have often been poorly made and fitted and at best only partially lifelike. Perhaps because of this, dentures always seemed to have a stigma attached and were often a source of great embarrassment for wearers. Fortunately this seems to be becoming a thing of the past, relegated to the dental dustbin.
Dentures are required when a patient has lost some or all the teeth in a dental arc. This could be due to periodontal disease or tooth decay, or even as the result of some kind of head trauma. Whatever the cause, tooth loss can be very embarrassing causing several psychological issues such as loss of confidence or self-esteem. But missing teeth affect more than just a patient’s emotional state. Missing teeth in a dental arc can cause remaining teeth to lean or slide into the space. This can cause disruption in bite which can be irritating and even be the cause of painful jaw disorders called TMJ.
Cosmetically, teeth act as supports for much of the facial tissue which will sag if not held in place by teeth. This sunken appearance makes patients look much older than they are and can become permanent if the teeth are not replaced soon after they are lost.
Dentures are artificial sets of teeth that, if fitted correctly should stay attached to the gums by suction alone. Often, if dentures are ill-fitting they can fall out causing embarrassment to the wearer. Many patients resort to wearing sticky and messy dental adhesive gels or strips for extra security. It is now possible to attach dentures using a series of mini implants secured to the jawbone. This provides the added security hat denture patients need without the mess.
It is important for denture wearers to keep up regular visits to the dentist as dentures can cause gum irritation and even erosion that can be very damaging. A London dentist will be able to offer further advice about the benefits and possibilities of dentures.
TMJ, or Temporomandibular disorder to give it its full name affects the major bones and muscles of the jaw and some in the skull (this area is commonly known as the temporomandibular joint). This part of the head is responsible for talking, chewing and biting and, as such, any disorder that affects these essential and every day functions can be pretty irritating. Sufferers of TMJ experience symptoms that cover the whole spectrum of pain, from constant to intermittent, and can last for many years.
It was previously thought that TMJ was caused solely by stress but recent research has shown that there may in fact be other causes. Teeth that can cause interference with the jaw or the bite can cause misalignments to happen in the temporomandibular joint which causes pain and irritation. It is also now believed that patients who receive jolting trauma to the head or face might suffer from TMJ as a consequence.
Unfortunately for sufferers, the main and most usual symptom of TMJ is pain. This occurs for the most part in the neck, jaw and face but may also occur in the ear causing temporary hearing loss. The easiest way to test for TMJ is for your London dentist to conduct a clench test. If one or more of your teeth hurt when clenched fully then you may be suffering from TMJ. If the dentist suspects TMJ they will the then be able to carry out a further assessment of your bit and jaw movement.
Some temporary relief form TMJ can be found using hot or cold packs, but this is often little more than palliative at best and does little to address the underlying cause. TMJ can only be effectively treated when fully diagnosed by a dentist. TMJ is curable with the right treatment so if you think you might be suffering, make an appointment to see your dentist.
Having one or more missing teeth can really affect your confidence to smile. More than that, it might be adversely affecting your bite (the way the top and bottom teeth sit together). In more extreme circumstances, it can cause speech impediments, increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and joint disorders such as TMJ.
It is also important to have missing teeth bridged to prevent existing teeth sliding into the space causing poor alignment and ultimately a poor profile. Dental also bridges protect against gum disease
One of the answers to missing teeth is a dental bridge. Dental bridges use artificial implants anchored to existing teeth to give the impression of a continued tooth line. The most common form of bridges are: the conventional bridge, where crowns are attached to teeth either side of the gap supporting the artificial tooth (like a bridge); the bonded bridge, when the adjacent teeth are in such good condition that the new tooth can be bonded to them with resin and metal strips; and the cantilevered bridge, when there are existing teeth on only one side of the gap. In the case of cantilevered bridges, the bridge will need to be attached to two or more teeth for stability.
Dental bridges can be fitted in two or visits to the dentist and if properly maintained will last between five and seven years. Their cost will vary according to the condition of the existing teeth and the type of bridge required by the patient. There is no need to suffer the embarrassment of missing teeth. Ask a London dentist about dental bridges.