What to consider when looking at teeth whitening treatments

In an image-focused society, there is untold pressure on people to look their best. In order to be deemed good looking, a person needs to have a pleasing dental appearance, of which a bright smile forms a critical part.

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The value of a bright aesthetically pleasing smile has a priceless effect on your self-confidence. And self-confidence is a prerequisite if you are to progress in life. Consider what the payoffs are to showing off a confident smile: the confidence to embrace career-building opportunities in addition to the confidence to make new friends and engage in more fun social activities. It is no wonder then that with so much riding on the look of a smile, there has been increased interest in professional teeth whitening Bournemouth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care we are pleased to make available highly effective teeth whitening Bournemouth, so that our patients can improve the look of their smiles and gain the confidence that will allow them to achieve all their goals.

Are you preparing for a special event and think the colour of your teeth could benefit from teeth whitening Bournemouth? Then here are a few important factors to consider professional in-chair treatments over off-the-shelf products.

Why in-chair teeth whitening is considered more effective

Concentrated levels of whitening ingredients

The biggest appeal of off-the-shelf products is one of convenience for the consumer, however, as is with the case of all cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, the quality of results matter most.

In order for teeth whitening products to produce desired results, these need to contain a special formula consisting of an appropriate level of whitening ingredients to achieve that effect and in-chair treatments are allowed to have these ingredients at increased levels. A qualified dentist is the best professional with the required knowledge to use these ingredients in a safe way or else teeth can be damaged.

Results last longer

Patients may be dismayed to find that all their DIY efforts to brighten their teeth either produce very little improvement or that results fade away relatively quickly. You can avoid both these negatives by having a dentist carry out your whitening procedure to enjoy a brighter smile for longer.

Reliable results quickly

Over-the-counter products are not designed to work as quickly as in-chair treatments. Depending on the nature of staining or discolouration of your teeth, as little as a single session in the dentist’s chair may be needed to give you the brightening effect you are after.

Treatments are tailor-made for each individual patient

Unlike the one-size-fits-all approach offered by off-the shelf products, professional in-chair treatments are customised for each patient which means we factor in your needs, desires and aesthetic goals.

Not only do we offer top quality and safe teeth whitening at Castle Lane Dental Care, our competent dentists will ensure that all is well with your oral health. It may be necessary for us to treat any underlying dental problem first before going ahead with any cosmetic dental procedure. Improve your smile and your dental health with exceptional dental care at our patient-centred dental clinic.

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What are the benefits of teeth whitening at the dentist?

Patients may be very familiar with the amazing cosmetic benefits to professional teeth whitening Bournemouth available at Castle Lane Dental Care, but there are plenty of other reasons why you should trust a qualified dentist to whiten your teeth.

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While we applaud every patient who takes a greater interest in their smile (seeing that so much depends on the quality of your smile), the brightening effect of teeth whitening Bournemouth carries with it other weighty considerations.

A pleasing bright smile is indicative of good oral health and happy smiles make for a more confident individual. To achieve these positive effects, there are two avenues open to patients, over-the-counter products and in-clinic teeth whitening Bournemouth, with each option carrying its own list of benefits.

Over-the-counter products may have the appeal of convenience, but this should be measured against the results that can be achieved with in-clinic whitening procedures. After all, this dental treatment is mainly sought for its cosmetic benefits. Here are some of the most sought after benefits of in-clinic teeth whitening treatments.

Longer lasting dramatic results

At the top of the list of benefits offered by teeth whitening treatments in the dental practice are the amazing brightening results that can be achieved, in comparison to products that are bought at a shop. In addition to dramatic whitening results, patients also receive their desired outcomes relatively more quickly than if they were to do it themselves. The whitening results from professional treatments have been found to last far longer than alternative options.

Safety

The reason why treatments offer better results when performed by our dentist is because the concentrations of whitening ingredients used in them are stronger. High levels of certain ingredients used in these treatments need to be used safely to protect patients’ teeth from damage. As an experienced dental practitioner in teeth whitening procedures, our dentist knows what levels are considered safe by regulatory bodies and how best to administer treatment to produce the results a patient is after.

Less risk of damaging teeth

There is a reduced risk of a patient damaging their teeth and causing more dental problems. As only a dentist can carry out in-chair treatments, there is no opportunity for a patient to overuse a product. Using over-the-counter products incorrectly or exceeding the prescribed duration of use can result in irreversible teeth damage.

It is worthwhile noting that before any teeth whitening procedure can be carried out, our dentist is required to make sure there are no pre-existing oral health conditions that need attention first. A patient who shows signs of cavities or tooth decay or any other dental problem will need to have these issues treated first. In some cases, discoloured teeth are caused by an oral health problem and not due to common causes such as smoking, the natural ageing process or consuming certain foods and beverages.

Achieving a beautiful bright smile has never been this easy or convenient thanks to in-chair whitening treatments. For a well-established dental clinic with friendly and competent dentists, choose Castle Lane Dental Care. We offer modern dental care with a patient-centric approach.

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What are veneers used for?

The discovery of veneers

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Veneers were invented by a dentist practising in California, called Charles Pincus during the 1920s. During this time his veneers were only a very short term solution for the aesthetic and functional improvement of teeth and smiles. His main use of veneers was to improve actors’ smiles aesthetically prior to their performances. Later Charles Pincus improved his veneers by making them out of acrylic and by using adhesives that were normally used with dentures at the time. Unfortunately, despite the improvements, veneers were still only a short term solution for improving smiles at this time. The lifetime of veneers has significantly improved with Michael Buonocore’s discovery of the possibility to bind porcelain veneers to enamels that have been etched beforehand, during the late 1950s. Another major improvement in the longevity of veneers happened in the early 1980s. Scientists discovered that by using hydrofluoric acid to etch the porcelain veneers, permanent binding of the veneers to composite is possible. With today’s technical improvements veneers can last up to 30 years, which makes them a great solution for improving smiles. If you are interested in getting veneers Bournemouth to improve your smile, get in touch with us.

What are veneers used for?

The term veneer refers to a sliver of material, quite often porcelain, which is layered over the surface of the tooth. Veneers are prepared by specialist dentists called cosmetic dentists. Veneers can be used to improve discoloured teeth if a patient has other conditions affecting the enamel, which would make teeth whitening inappropriate. In these instances veneers are capable of both covering the discoloured surface and protecting the enamel from the occurrence of further damage. Over years, teeth can naturally erode with ageing due to the enormous amounts of pressure exerted on them by chewing. Bruxism can also worsen this issue. The application of veneers can improve the appearance of eroded teeth and it can protect their surface from further damage. Conditions that affect the enamel often necessitate the use of veneers. These conditions include issues with enamel mineralisation or the lack of sufficient amounts of enamel. In these conditions veneers protect the dentine and the tooth from temperature and pressure sensitivity. In certain cases patients may wish to simply change the shape of some of their teeth due to aesthetic reasons. Veneers are a perfect solution for this. If you are interested in getting veneers Bournemouth, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

What are veneers made out of?

Veneers have been manufactured out of a wide range of materials throughout their history. Initially, veneers were made out of acrylic, however this did not prove to be a resilient enough material to withstand the large amounts of pressure exerted on teeth. Today there are numerous different materials available for veneers, all of them with different indications. Ceramic is a popular material when it comes to veneers. Lithium disilicate is essentially a thin and strong porcelain, which is used to make thinner veneers. Other materials include composite and nano ceramic or the stain resistant MAC veneers. If you are thinking about getting veneers Bournemouth, contact us to find out more!

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What are veneers and how do they work?

What are they?

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The term veneer refers to a dental treatment type, in which layers of a certain material are applied onto the surface of a tooth or multiple teeth. The aim of the treatment is to improve both the aesthetic appearance and the functionality of the tooth. Furthermore, it also protects the tooth’s surface from further damage. The use of veneers is beneficial in numerous conditions, such as the chipping or breaking of a tooth, but it can also be helpful for teeth that have been eroded as a result of ageing. Veneers can be beneficial for malformed teeth, the lack of enamel or its inappropriate mineralisation, and they can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes, such as the modification of a tooth’s shape or the treatment of tooth discolouration. Veneers are prepared by dentists specialised in cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking to get veneers Bournemouth, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us at Castle Lane Dental Care.

History of veneers

Veneers were invented during the early 20th century in California by a dentist called Charles Pincus. Initially, the veneers were used by him to temporarily improve the smiles of actors prior to their performances or film shoots. Later he introduced developments to his veneers. At this time he used acrylic and the adhesive material used with dentures to fit veneers for his patients. Veneers were only a very temporary solution at this time due to the inappropriate adhesion with denture adhesive. In the late 1950s another dentist invented etching, which made unprecedented adhesion strengths between veneers made out of porcelain and the tooth’s enamel. In the 1980s research showed that the etching of porcelain using hydrofluoric acid and the application of a composite resin on the surface of the tooth could potentially make veneers a permanent treatment solution. While initially veneers only lasted for a few hours, with today’s technology they can last from 10 to 30 years, which makes them a relatively low cost and permanent treatment for the previously mentioned conditions. If you would like professional advice or treatment with veneers Bournemouth, get in touch with us, Castle Lane Dental Care.

Benefits of veneers

The use of veneers can have numerous benefits. The erosion of teeth can have a negative impact on our smiles, and sometimes through our appearance it can even have a negative effect on our mental health and wellbeing. The use of veneers can restore patients’ smiles when they have experienced tooth erosion. Veneers can also serve as an alternative for teeth whitening for patients who have damaged or thin enamel. In these cases the application of veneers can cover the tooth discolouration and also protect the enamel and the dentine from further damage. Veneers can also improve the appearance of malpositioned teeth which appear to be crooked, but in reality do not require orthodontic treatment. While veneers can be very useful for the treatment of numerous conditions and the improvement of one’s smile, there are some risks and contraindications associated with veneers, just like with any other medical treatment. If you would like to consult with a dentist to get veneers Bournemouth, get in touch with us!

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Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth

When it comes to your image and changing the appearance of your teeth with cosmetic dentistry Bournemouth, there is no procedure more permanent than orthodontics which offers a lasting solution to straightening your teeth without having to file them down or cause any damage to them. Many people have a sense of pride in their smile and at Castle Lane Dental Care we aim to give you more confidence about your own smile too by straightening your teeth, closing gaps and even fixing malocclusions which could possibly improve the shape of your face, with a discreet treatment that could fit into just about any lifestyle.

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Types of orthodontic treatments we offer

Traditional braces are an excellent way to straighten teeth, while they are still used for some teens in families who are on a tight budget or where there are complex issues, many adults who are in need of orthodontics opt for a more discreet option to treat their teeth and with cosmetic dentistry Bournemouth, you too can achieve a beautiful smile with these options

Quick Straight Teeth

As the name suggests this option is fast, with results usually being seen in as little as 4 – 24 weeks, people who don’t have the time to wait years for other orthodontics to work can benefit from this treatment. Appliances can either be fixed or removable, either way they are clear which means they will barely be noticeable when worn, which makes it a discreet option for many adults.

Six Month Smiles

By focusing on the social teeth (the front 6 top and bottom teeth), this treatment can work quickly being complete in just 6 months. It uses the same system as traditional brackets, but these are what we like to call invisible braces as they have brackets and wires which are fixed to the teeth and are either clear or tooth coloured making them far less noticeable than their traditional metal counterparts.

Smilelign Clear Aligners

This is a system that is most popular among adults for a number of reasons, the chief one being that they are practically invisible when worn, making them an ideal match to any professional lifestyle. The aligners themselves are removable and gently push the teeth into position over time, each aligner will need to be changed for the next in the series in order to progress the treatment every 2 weeks or so and this can be done in the comfort of your own home or office. Because they are removable you can eat all the foods you commonly enjoy and clean your teeth as normal, so not having to change any regular habits makes them ideal for seamless integration into your life.

Benefits of orthodontics

Healthier smile

With orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth, you can get straighter teeth, and straighter teeth that are not overcrowded are easier to clean properly, even gapped teeth can be made more healthy, as no food particles can sit between teeth causing cavities once the gaps are closed.

Better appearance

In Western culture, straight teeth are seen as desirable, the psychology behind a lovely smile has seemed to result in people having better luck romantically as well as professionally, this is due to the perceptions that people have upon first impressions, which is why many adults are turning to orthodontics.

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Porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth

Do you know how a well-fitting black outfit can hide a multitude of dietary sins? Well, cosmetic dentistry Bournemouth can do the same thing for your teeth with porcelain veneers, which not only cover up stains and chips, but can turn crooked teeth straight teeth and hide several other orthodontic issues as well. This is the perfect treatment for those of you who are in a hurry for a Hollywood smile, whether there is a wedding around the corner or you simply do not have the patience to wait for braces to work, at Castle Lane Dental we can give you a whole new set of teeth in a matter of two appointments, but remember, once you’ve committed to porcelain veneers there is no going back, this treatment is for keeps.

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What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are a wafer-thin piece of porcelain that can be set to fit over a discoloured, chipped, or crooked tooth, they are often used to cover up any cosmetic issues that are otherwise difficult to fix. Likewise, a full set of veneers can be used to recreate your smile and to give you that smile made famous on Hollywood red carpets and film.

Covering a single tooth

There are times when someone has just one tooth that is discoloured or has been knocked slightly askew, a veneer can be bonded to the front of this tooth to hide any imperfections like chipping. The veneer will be custom created to match the rest of the teeth on your smile so it never looks too white or out of place, it will look natural and completely unnoticeable as a replacement.

How it’s done

In order to fit the veneer or set of veneers to the teeth, they need to be bonded to the tooth with a special permanent bonding material. In the case of chips or breaks, the broken edges will first be filed smooth and the front of the tooth filed down in order to fit the veneer over the top so that it appears natural.

Because of the liberal filing done to the teeth in order to fit the veneers, one cannot go without this porcelain covering once it is set, as the teeth would be too sensitive for anyone to cope with, which is why this cosmetic dentistry Bournemouth treatment is a permanent one, as the bonding that is placed between the tooth and the veneer is enduring.

Is it painful?

This is a minimally invasive treatment for cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth that does not cause any discomfort, while the sensation of having your teeth filed down may be a strange one, we never go deep enough into the enamel to reach the sensitive dentine so no pain should be experienced while we treat you. The amount of enamel we shave off is equal in thickness to the veneer so that your new teeth will feel as natural as your real ones, with the added benefit of not being able to stain as is the nature of dental porcelain. But don’t think this is an excuse to get lazy with your oral hygiene, your gums will remain very much real and in need of constant cleaning!

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Having TMD and Jaw Problems in Bournemouth? Understand the treatments!

Quite frequently, people will wake up in the morning with some kind of bruise and/or pain without really knowing where it came from. Usually, we put these kinds of injuries down to sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or perhaps to us simply forgetting about an injury we suffered the previous day. However, if this pain is chronic, i.e. it has been persisting for a long time, then it may be necessary to consider whether or not you have a more serious medical condition that needs treating. Exactly what condition you may have and treatment you’ll need will be determined by a number of factors, not least being which part of your body is most affected by the pain. For example, if you are suffering from facial pains, headaches and/or discomfort when biting or chewing, it is possible that you are suffering from TMD and Jaw Problems in Bournemouth. Having TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth can be quite painful and can cause malocclusion, also known as a ‘bad bite.’ There is a solution to having TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth though, and this solution starts with visiting an accomplished and experienced dental practice. At this point it is reasonable to have many questions such as which dentist should I go to? And what exactly is the treatment for TMD and Jaw Problems in Bournemouth? These questions will be covered in this article, so that your mouth can feel happy and free from pain.

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We’ll cover that question about which dentist to visit first. While there are many different options available in Bournemouth, the one that we specifically want to recommend is Castle Lane Dental Care. This is because at Castle Lane Dental Care we make our patients the centre of our philosophy and our treatments. This means that, any time you come to visit us, we will always strive to put you and your concerns first, and thus provide an individual treatment plan which is specific to you. Regardless of any patient’s needs though, we are always exceptionally careful to preserve tooth structure and maintain gum integrity and thus enable you to have good oral healthcare at home too!

Treatments

There are a few different solutions to TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth, and one of our dentists at Castle Lane Dental Care will happily go over them with you. Often, treatment for these conditions will involve the wearing of a plastic appliance at night. This appliance is measured out specifically for the patient. This is done so that the appliance fits each individual patient’s ‘bite’ accurately, so that whenever a patient bites down on the appliance, their muscles are still able to be relaxed.

The appliance is also designed to protect teeth and to prevent grinding and thus stop the teeth from being worn down. There are also other treatments for these problems that tend to be used if the patient’s jaw problems are more severe such as maxillofacial surgery – a particular branch of surgery that focuses on treating diseases and conditions around the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Other treatments include replacing missing teeth and replacing existing, ill-fitting bridgework.

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Having TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth?

As much as we might like to, we can not always be in control of our own health. While we can do things to help us stay healthy, such as regular exercise and having regular checkups with medical professionals, there is often little we can do to prevent serious accidents from threatening our health. However, one thing that we can do if we undergo an accident is seek out treatment from a professional source as quickly as possible. This is true for any serious injuries that might occur, including some of the smaller or lesser talked about parts of the body, such as the teeth. Whether you have suffered an accident that affects your teeth and gums or feel that you are developing a dental condition which is causing you serious pain or damage, then it is vital that you visit a dentist who can give you the appropriate care and consideration you need. This is especially true if you are struggling with TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth. TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth are a surprisingly common condition with a number of painful symptoms that can become chronic. Visiting a dentist for this reason is extremely important because it can help to both treat the pain from TMD and Jaw problems in Bournemouth and also help to prevent these problems from reemerging, by establishing the root cause of them. Before seeking out treatment though, it is important that you have confidence in your dentist’s ability to identify and treat your problems. Therefore, it is worth considering a dentist who will put you first.

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A good example of a dental practice that is trained and qualified to deal with your needs is Castle Lane Dental Care. At Castle Lane Dental Care, we are always committed to giving our patients the highest standards of dental care, whatever their needs may be. All of our dentists are very mindful of the concerns and specific needs of our patients, especially when they may feel nervous or anxious about seeing their dentist. It is for this reason that all of our treatments are performed in the comforting and relaxing environment of our dental studio. Our dentists make sure to continually update their knowledge and understanding of dentistry so that all our patients can be assured that we are offering them professional treatment that gives them the care and consideration they deserve.

The symptoms of TMD and Jaw Problems in Bournemouth

TMD is a condition that affects the muscles that we use to chew food. It is estimated that around 30% of adults suffer from TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) at some point in their lives, often without realising it. This is often because the symptoms of TMD aren’t widely known and could be mistaken for other conditions. The symptoms may include pain in the muscles around the jaw, difficulty opening the mouth (often due to a tight jaw), earaches, recurring headaches and even pain in the neck, shoulder and back.

Treatment for TMD depends on each specific cause, which can include a jaw injury, teeth grinding or clenching and it can also be a side effect of conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

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When to see a dentist if you have TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth

Many of us brave through issues that we cannot see an obvious reason for. This is especially true for the pain associated with TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, which often comes and goes without rhyme or reason.

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Although a very serious and painful disability that is known to affect some 30% of the population, TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be the reason behind many conditions and when not approached with a holistic outlook in mind, can be completely overlooked by both dentists and doctors alike.

Unfortunately, perhaps the leading cause behind TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth would be stress and this is a condition that many of us tend to overlook the serious impacts of. However, stress is a killer and we need to learn how to manage it in our lives if we seek to enjoy a long and fruitful one.

We urge you to come into our practice if you think you have TMD or are suffering from any kind of jaw problem. It may be a symptom of a condition that we are readily able to treat, or you may need to look at some lifestyle changes or speak with a physiotherapist, doctor or other professional to discover the root cause of your issue.

Regardless of the cause or reason, you shouldn’t need to live with pain unnecessarily. Our compassionate and understanding dentists are here to support and encourage you to ensure that your health and wellbeing is optimal.

How can I determine whether I have TMD or a jaw problem?

TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is characterized by many different symptoms. If you find it difficult to chew, your jaw pops, grinds or grates or if you cannot open your mouth very wide, you could be one of the third of people who have this condition.

Other symptoms include neck pain, backache, headaches or jaw pain. You may even have issues with your ear, such as a blocked ear or pain in the cheek or temple. TMD can come and go and it can be difficult to pinpoint any triggers that set it off.

We suggest that you talk to us during an episode so that we can potentially rule out any physical factors that may be causing the issue as there are many.

What are some of the causes?

Physical causes for your jaw problems can be the result of an injury or because of an uneven bite caused by some new dental work that you have just had.

Other health conditions that may be contributing to the issue include osteoporosis, gout and arthritis. In these situations, we suggest that you talk to a professional experienced with these matters so that you are able to address the root cause of the issue.

Bruxism is another common cause, which is the clenching or grinding of your jaw, often unconsciously when you sleep. We do have devices that you can use to ease this such as mouth guards to wear whilst you are sleeping, which may make a big difference to your wellbeing.

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Finding solutions to TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth

Understanding why some 30% of the population suffer from TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth at some stage in their lives comes down to an open and investigative mindset by your dentist.

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We look at a range of reasons behind your jaw pain and find effective solutions to enable you to heal and move forward. There are quite a few reasons as to why it is most likely occurring and many other ways in which we can prevent it from happening again or relieve the pain that you feel.

If you find that you are experiencing TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, then you should come in to see your local dentist immediately as you do not need to suffer from this discomfort needlessly. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you could be one of the many that are affected by TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth so that together we can find solutions.

What exactly is this condition?

TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition that causes pain in the joints and muscles of your jaw, making it difficult to chew, talk or simply function. The symptoms range from pain when you chew to migraines, neck pain, difficulty opening your mouth or a popping sound accompanied by pain when you do so. Your jaw can also grind, click or grate when you move it which is unsettling in the least to experience.

Issues can extend beyond the jaw and cause neck pain, back pain or headaches. This can be distressing for individuals experiencing TMD and can cause other complications due to their inability to eat and chew correctly.

In order to rectify this condition, we first need to address the cause for the concern. There are many reasons behind why a person might be having jaw problems and they are varied and many. We need to talk with our patients who have this condition so that we can begin to understand the potential reason behind why it is happening.

Common reasons include bruxism, stress, injury or an uneven bite. Osteoarthritis can also be an unpleasant culprit and it can also be a side effect from gout or arthritis.

Bruxism is another term for grinding of the teeth and often is associated with stress as well. Once we have ruled out any physical conditions that could be the cause of the complaint, we then begin to look at some emotional triggers that may be manifesting themselves through your body and causing physical discomfort.

Thankfully, we have mouth guards that can be worn during the night for unconscious grinding that many people do and may be the leading cause of the pain in your jaw. This is one measure that we can take to protect your wellbeing and begin to address the concerns that you have with your wellbeing.

Another, new form of treatment called Cerezen is available and is worn in the ear canal to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth. Working holistically with other professionals, if we deem your pain to be associated with other conditions, we may refer you to seek advice and solutions with other professionals as well.

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