At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we don’t think our responsibilities towards our patients end with their teeth. We also look at the body parts that surround and influence the teeth. Jaws play a vital role in chewing, and moving the teeth up and down and side to side to grind food into manageable pieces.
So, when things start to go wrong with your jaw, there can be knock-on effects for your teeth. If you think you have jaw problems, then please tell us about them. We can help sort them out.
In the dental profession, we call issues with this important joint temporomandibular disorder, or TMD for short.
TMD is often caused by your jaws not being properly aligned. When the jaws don’t line up correctly, it can cause you to clench your teeth together and grind them in your sleep.
The symptoms you may be experiencing
Clenched jaws and bruxism (teeth grinding) can result in pain in the facial muscles, headaches and migraines, neck ache, and shoulder pain. People also often experience clicking in the jaw joint.
The results for the teeth themselves can be that over time they start to split and crumble away from all the grinding together when you are asleep.
What can we do to help?
Many people find that wearing a rigid plastic protector over their teeth at night can greatly alleviate their jaw problems.
Getting a night guard means coming in for impressions to be taken. When you wear the guard at night, it will get your jaws to relax and will also help protect your teeth against grinding.
Your jaw problems may also be improved by replacing any missing teeth and adjusting ill-fitting bridgework.
Some people also need to have orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery in order to bring their jaws into proper alignment.
What to do now?
Give us a call and explain that you are experiencing jaw problems and we can book you in for an appointment and start to explore what may be causing them. Our friendly team will do all they can to alleviate the distressing symptoms that jaw problems cause.This entry was posted in Jaw Problems on .
If you regularly wake up with a splitting headache, and have tried all the usual avenues to find out what’s wrong, maybe it’s time to come to Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth.
About 30% of adults in the UK suffer from temporomandibular disorder (TMD) at some point in their lives. This disorder of the jaw joint can leave you with pain in your head, neck and shoulders. That pain can also be present around the jaw joint itself, as well as sometimes being present just in front of the ear, and even in the ear itself.
If you have TMD, you may find that your jaw feels tight and that it pops or clicks and does not seem to open as wide as it should.
Sometimes these various pains and other symptoms can disappear as mysteriously as they arrived, but if you have had debilitating headaches or other pains for some time, you really need to get it checked out at the dentist.
What can the dentist do?
At Castle Lane Dental Care, we will do our best to find out what’s causing the TMD.
It could be that you are grinding your teeth at night. If this is the case, it won’t be just your jaw joint that is in trouble. After a while, your teeth will suffer too. The constant grinding can cause them to crumble and split.
Other causes include stress, a jaw joint injury, osteoarthritis, an uneven bite or even gout, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Once we have established the cause of your TMD, we can offer a range of devices to help control it. We have devices that cover the teeth to prevent you biting down and grinding.
We also have a new device called Cerezen. This tiny device goes inside each of your ears and makes it uncomfortable for you to clench your teeth either at night or during the day.
So, why not take the first step to less pain and book a consultation to get to the root of your TMD? Soon, you will be on your way to waking up feeling fresh as a daisy.This entry was posted in Jaw Problems on .
If you are a denture wearer, you may be getting rather tired of your dentures coming loose. It may seem like you are forever at the dentist getting them relined and before you know it, they are sliding around in your mouth again. Loose dentures can be embarrassing for you, as well as a constant drain on your pocket with relining and adhesives.
At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we have a way for you to get your dentures to stay put all day, every day. We can anchor your dentures to your jawbone and make them more stable and secure than you may ever have thought possible. Welcome to a technique called denture stabilisation. We think it’s a great solution for denture wearers.
Here’s how it works:
Dentures can be customised to be supported by 2-4 dental implants in your jawbone. The lower jawbone often needs more dental implants because the tongue can dislodge the denture.
We put the dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. It then takes a few months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. During this time, the jawbone grows new tissue all over the implants, and this is what holds them in place.
Once this process (known as osseointegration) is complete, we then customise your dentures by adding attachments that fit onto the implants. The two snap together, using either a ball or a ball device.
You may choose to have new dentures instead of customising your existing dentures.
You still take your dentures out for cleaning and to rest your gums at night, but during the day, when you need them to behave, you will find they stay perfectly still. This added stability will also improve your chewing power, widening the range of foods you can eat to include more than just soft foods.
Come and find out more
If you’d like to find out more about stabilising loose dentures, why not come in for a free consultation with Dr Shiraz Teja? He can take a look at your dentures and talk you through the procedure in more detail.This entry was posted in Dentures on .
Spring is here, a bit early perhaps, but already people are out having fun on bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and more. Some may be kitted out in all the right elbow and knee pads, but who’s remembered to put a mouth guard in? Who even has one unless they are a rugby player?
If you are into sports on wheels or any other sport where losing your teeth might be an unintended consequence of your need to have fun, then you need to be prepared for it.
We can put them back
If you do hit a tree out mountain biking, or land on your face while out doing parkour, then please know that if your teeth are still whole, and you can get yourself into Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth for some emergency dental care, we may well be able to put them back.
Your teeth live in sockets, and are attached to the insides of them with fleshy fibres. When you knock out your teeth, you will see these fibres hanging off the roots. If you can get your teeth to us with these fibres still alive, they can re-attach themselves, and hence your teeth, to the sockets.
It’s got to be worth a shot, eh? Especially when you consider what the alternatives are: fixed bridgework, a dental plate or dental implants. Or a gap, but no one over the age of 10 looks cute with a gap between their teeth.
So, here’s what to do when you go out, so that, if things do go horribly wrong, we can put them right for you.
Put our number in your phone under emergency dentist in Bournemouth. Now, one of your friends can easily call us to make an emergency appointment. Be sure to get them to tell us that you’ve knocked some teeth out.
Pick up and store
Pick your teeth up by the white crown end, not the root. Either store them in your mouth, or in a pot of milk, but never rinse or store them in tap water, as this will kill them. Don’t let them dry out either.
Be sure to get to us within 2 hours.This entry was posted in Emergency Dental Care on .
How big does a dental crisis have to be before you seek emergency dental care from Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth?
It can be tempting to leave that toothache until your whole head, ear and neck are throbbing with unbearable pain. You may want to ignore the tooth you just chipped a corner off playing sports, or those few grains of crumbled tooth that resulted from biting down on an olive stone. But, honestly, you are far better off giving us a call and booking yourself in for some emergency dental care than assuming that a little bit of pain or damage is liveable with.
Give our reception team a call and tell them what has happened, and they will book you in for an appointment with the appropriate amount of urgency.
For example, if you have knocked out a tooth or 2 in an accident, and the teeth are still whole, then if you can get to us within 2 hours of the teeth coming out, you stand a good chance of us being able to put them back in again for you and them reattaching themselves to the inside of your tooth socket.
If you’ve got a toothache that’s been going on for more than a few days, we are also going to want to see you as soon as possible; even more so, if you had serious toothache and now it’s gone away. Chances are you have an infection in your teeth and may need to get an abscess drained and have root canal therapy. If the ache has gone, there’s a good chance that the infection has killed the nerve in your tooth. It won’t have gone away though, it will probably spread to your jaw, and, believe us, that’s the last thing you want.
Damage to your teeth, such as chips and cracks, can maybe wait a day or 2, but you need to bring them into us nonetheless. If the enamel has been broken through, you are in danger of getting an infection and, well, you now know what that can lead to.
Don’t delay for fear of seeming hypochondriac, it’s better to be safe than sorry.This entry was posted in Emergency Dental Care on .
Even though we can’t resist a selfie, most of us are pretty private about what’s going on with our bodies. We don’t want to draw attention to our imperfections, even if we are getting them fixed. Sometimes we’d rather live with the not so great bits of ourselves than have to be seen to be correcting them with ugly devices.
That’s why many adults would rather live with their wonky teeth than go through a few months wearing metal bracket and wire braces. Braces never have been, and never will be, a fashion statement.
On the other hand, having straight teeth is more and more important so surely there must be a way out of this Catch 22 situation. Thankfully, dental researchers have put their best minds onto the conundrum of people wanting straight teeth but not wanting to wear braces and they have come up with a solution called invisible braces.
You can get invisible braces from us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth. We stock a variety of such devices. They vary in what they look like, how they are fitted and also how long they take to work and what kind of misalignment issues they work best on.
Invisible braces is an umbrella term. Some invisible braces are more invisible than others.
Fixed invisible braces
These use brackets and wires like traditional metal braces. The braces that are fixed to the front of the teeth use clear ceramic for the brackets and a tooth-coloured coating on the wires. The braces are usually smaller than metal braces and exert less force. They work very well on mild to moderate issues with the front 6-8 teeth.
These are also fixed to the teeth, but they are cemented onto the tongue side of the teeth. Made of metal, they are used to correct more complex alignment issues and can exert more force. Treatment can take a couple of years as there is more to correct.
These are removable and go on over the teeth like a mouth guard. Made of very thin plastic, they are almost impossible to spot once they are in place.
Book a consultation to find out more.This entry was posted in Invisible Braces on .
So, you’ve finally had enough of your wonky teeth. You’ve had enough of smiling warily while trying to work out whether the person you are smiling at is a) utterly revolted, b) mildly unsettled c) hasn’t even noticed that your teeth are a bit of a mess.
Whatever the other person’s reaction, the point is that you are not comfortable with your teeth. You are not comfortable about smiling and you hardly ever let go and roar with laughter anymore. It’s time to do something about it, and yet you don’t fancy the idea of wearing dodgy-looking metal braces for a year or more either.
Well, the good news is that you probably won’t have to, not if you get fitted with invisible braces from Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth.
Invisible braces are the best thing since sliced bread as far as teeth straightening is concerned. They work just as well as clunky metal braces on mild to moderate alignment issues, and they look a whole lot better, if you can see them at all.
The term ‘invisible braces’ applies to a whole range of devices, some of which are more visible than others, but all of which are far more discreet than metal braces.
Fixed invisible braces
These have brackets and wires, but the brackets are smaller and made of clear ceramic. The wires are finer and tooth-coloured. Straightening the front 6-8 teeth with these braces can be done in just a few months as these teeth have only one root and so are more easily moved.
Removable invisible braces
Known as aligners, there are 2 sorts to choose from.
Single aligners – these devices use bows that sandwich behind and in front of the front teeth and use opposing forces to straighten them. Treatment may only take a few weeks.
Sets of aligners – these look more like very thin plastic mouth guards. They fit over the teeth and have bumps and ridges inside them that press on the teeth to get them to move.
Lingual braces – attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth, these are what you need for more complex alignment issues.This entry was posted in Invisible Braces on .
Over the past 20 years or so, dentists have been able to expand their range of services. These days, most people expect to be able to go to their dentist and get great veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, cosmetic braces, as well as advice on stopping smoking and even treatments to rejuvenate their faces.
Most dentists have such a long list of treatments on offer that it can be easy to forget what lies at the foundation of every good dental practice: solid general dentistry.
This is the dentistry that takes care of your teeth after you have had your check-up. It’s not the bells and whistles of cosmetic dentistry, it’s the stuff you need to know is available even if you never need it. Things like root canal treatments and extractions. We all hope we never have to have either, but if we do then we want to be able to get them from the dentist we already know and trust.
Root canal therapy
This is a treatment for saving teeth that have become infected. You will know if you have a tooth infection because you will develop a rip-roaring toothache. Leave it long enough and it will take over your entire head. You will probably also develop an abscess at the base of the tooth, where the pus from the infection drains into.
If you think you have a tooth infection, you need to come in to Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth as soon as you can. You can even call for an emergency dental appointment if you are in a lot of pain. Don’t leave it, because the infection can travel down into your jawbone and that can be very nasty.
We use root canal therapy to treat infected teeth. We clean away the infection, and remove all the pulp from inside the tooth roots. Then we use filling material to fill the roots and put a crown over the tooth. This means you get to keep your teeth. If you lose your tooth, you will then have a gap that will need to be filled with a false tooth to stop the surrounding teeth from wandering, falling into the gap and falling out.This entry was posted in General Dentistry on .
When you think about dentistry these days, do you imagine cosmetic braces and teeth whitening, dental implants and veneers? These are the modern side of dentistry that people use to make their smiles look amazing. But behind every person with a great set of veneers or beautiful white teeth should be a clinic that also offer good solid general dentistry.
In Bournemouth, at Castle Lane Dental Care, we believe that a dental clinic in the 21st century needs to be just as hot on its general dentistry as it does on the latest great ways to make teeth look beautiful.
For unless you have the back-up of great general dentistry, when the chips are down, it won’t matter how good your teeth look. So what exactly is general dentistry? At Castle Lane Dental Care, we class it as the treatments that keep your teeth going after damage or disease.
General dentistry is the basics of tried and trusted treatments such as root canal therapy, emergency dental care, dentistry for pregnant women and extractions and oral surgery. Things you want to know your dentist can offer, even if you never need them.
If you are pregnant, it’s a good idea to have more frequent check-ups. This is because you have elevated levels of progesterone in your mouth and this increases the levels of plaque. More plaque means more chance of decay, but also gum disease. In fact, gum disease in pregnant women even has its own name: pregnancy gingivitis. We can keep an eye on your teeth and get them cleaned more often so that at the end of your pregnancy, you still have great teeth as well as a great new family member.
Also, please let us know that you are pregnant when you book an appointment so that we can take extra care of you. We advise that you leave elective treatments, such as dental implants, until after you have had your baby. But other treatments, including having a local anaesthetic, are fine during the middle weeks of your pregnancy.
If you’d like to find out more about dentistry during pregnancy, do feel free to call us and we can have a chat with you.This entry was posted in General Dentistry on .
In the depths of a cold, dark British winter, every little bit of extra sparkle is gratefully received. With more than 12 hours of darkness until the end of March, whiteness stands out even more, so it’s the perfect time to add your extra bit of gleam to the world with teeth whitening.
Teeth lose their gleam because traces of pigment from various foods, such as those with tomato sauces, and drinks, such as red wine and black tea, get trapped in the pores of the enamel. Brushing won’t get rid of them. But whitening gel uses its active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, to gently lift them out.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments here at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth. It’s quick, it’s easy and you don’t need to undergo any change to the structure of your teeth to have it.
Don’t go off the shelf
It can be tempting to get a whitening kit from a shop or the internet, but these products are not allowed to contain as much whitening agent as one from your dentist. Also, the whitening trays have not been made to fit your teeth, so there is more chance of the gel spilling over into your mouth.
Before you start
You want to get maximum contact between the gel and your teeth, so it’s a good idea to have them deep cleaned by the hygienist to remove any build-up of plaque that would get in the way.
Get a bespoke kit from us
We take impressions of your teeth and use these to make gel trays that will fit you perfectly. You take them home along with our whitening gel. Put some gel into the trays and put them over your teeth. Wear the trays for a short period every day. Depending on how stained your teeth are to begin with, it will take about 2 weeks to reach your desired shade of white.
Whitening is not permanent, but you can always buy more gel from us when you want top up your treatment. This will probably be every several months.This entry was posted in Teeth Whitening on .