Worried you may have TMD or jaw problems? Your top 5 questions about these joint disorders answered

It can seem to be nothing more than a minor inconvenience; you wake up day after day with a slight headache, take some painkillers and just go about your normal routine.

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As innocuous as this may sound, waking up with headaches, frequently suffering from migraines, stiff neck or shoulder pain can actually be symptomatic of a condition that has nothing to do with your head! Indeed, if you frequently experience any of these symptoms, you may be surprised to learn that a trip to your dentist may be the solution.

How can a dentist relieve headaches you ask? There is a condition that affects the joints of the jaw called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Used more as an umbrella term in dentistry, this disorder encompasses different disorders that can affect the jaw joint, muscles surrounding the jaw and articular disc, and is, unfortunately, usually caused by genetic factors.

If you are concerned that you have TMD, then come along and see our team at Castle Lane Dental Care. Our dentists can help with all TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, leaving you with a better functioning jaw and no more headaches! Perfect!

But of course, if you are worried about potentially having TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, you will want to know more about the disorder. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about TMD.

How do I know if I have TMD?

As mentioned earlier, if you wake up with headaches, have frequent migraines or have shoulder pain, you may be suffering from TMD.

Similarly, if you suffer from a dull ache around the sides of your face and jaws, along with an inability to open your mouth fully, you need to ask a member of our team about TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth.

How can a dentist help?

Depending on the severity of the condition, our team may be able to offer you a mouthguard to wear to bed at night, this will prevent your jaws from rubbing together and causing those awful morning headaches.

Or, alternatively, depending on a decision made by our team, you may need to undertake braces; this will align your upper and lower jaws, preventing them rubbing in the night and stopping the TMD from worsening.

Is there a long-term solution?

Long-term treatment of TMD may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy to strengthen the jaw joint and potentially even steroid injections. Talk to our team for more information on long-term treatment options that may be best suited to you.

Will I need surgery?

While it is easy to assume that a joint disorder will require surgery, with TMD, surgery is rarely needed to reverse it unless it is the result of a sudden facial trauma, or it is debilitating and causing serious issues with eating.

Depending on the severity, our team will usually help you reverse or minimise the associated uncomfortable issues with a combination of custom mouthpieces, braces and even a mandibular repositioning splint.

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What is temporomandibular joint disorder? A brief introduction to TMD and other jaw problems

While most dental professionals will be able to tell you everything about root canals, braces and even dental implants, there are few who will be able to tell you a great deal about temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), despite it being a common condition.

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Although it has been written about in dental literature for many years and is fairly common in dental practices across the UK, there is not a lot of information available to dental patients who have been diagnosed with it. This can be particularly distressing, especially when the disorder causes discomfort or seems to be getting worse. However, rest assured, there are many treatment options available to make TMD more manageable and in some cases, it can be completely reversed.

At Castle Lane Dental Care, our team are able to help our patients manage both TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth. Using a combination of orthodontic options alongside custom mouthpieces, we can help you to ease the more uncomfortable aspects of the disorder, without impacting on your overall oral health. Brilliant!

But, as with most things, knowledge is power. Here, our team provides a brief introduction to TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth.

What is it?

In layman’s terms, temporomandibular joint disorder is an umbrella term for a myriad of issues that revolve around the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.

This can cause issues with opening the mouth, nocturnal grinding, or may even cause problems with eating or speaking.

What causes it?

There are a few recognised causes of both TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth. The first is genetics; if your parents or siblings have been diagnosed with TMD, you are at a higher risk of suffering from it.

Secondly, many patients who have had facial traumas or have experienced whiplash suffer from TMD, along with people who grind their teeth at night, though this may be a cause or a symptom of TMD.

Do I have it?

If you frequently wake up with headaches, experience migraines or have a recurring stiffness in your neck, jaw or shoulders, then you may have TMD.

Similarly, our team will be able to assess you for TMD if you have issues with opening your mouth wide, or if when you do open your mouth, you hear a clicking sound. You may also have soreness or tenderness around your face – the discomfort caused by TMD is not always in the joint area.

Treatment options

You will be glad to know that there are many things our dentists can do to ease your symptoms if you have been diagnosed with TMD.

Firstly, depending on the severity, we may be able to customise a mouthpiece for you to wear at night to prevent grinding. Secondly, if you have orthodontic issues, correcting them with a brace may ease some of the associated pain of TMD, as there will be less grinding of the jaws. And finally, if your TMD is due to an accident, surgery can be beneficial.

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Understanding and treating TMD and jaw problems

Getting a diagnosis for TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be a relief, knowing that there is a reason for some seemingly unexplainable symptoms can lift a lot of stress off your mind. Moreover, knowing that there is a treatment for your symptoms, that will ease your discomfort, is something we at Castle Lane Dental Care can help you with.

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Beginning with a thorough physical examination and a series of questions that your dentist will guide you through, we can begin to diagnose you with TMD fairly quickly and get you onto a path of recovery that can only benefit your life.

Causes of TMD

The diagnosis will begin with a discovery of the potential causes of your problems resulting in TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth some of which we have explained to you below.

Bruxism – is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth, this can happen when you are either awake or asleep or both.

Stress – Stress is often linked to jaw problems, as the symptoms of stress manifest themselves in the physical body, causing muscle tension and jaw clenching on an unconscious level.

Injury – trauma to the jaw joint itself is a common cause in jaw problems, taking a knock to the jaw, or even whiplash in a car accident can cause injury.

Osteoarthritis – can cause the inside of the joint to wear down thus compromising the complex structure of the joint causing adverse symptoms.

Uneven bite – commonly after new crowns or dentures are fitted can be a cause of an otherwise normal jaw alignment.

Side effects – other conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia can have a knock-on effect, causing you to experience the discomfort of TMD.

Common treatments

You may find that while treating the symptoms of your TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth might be a quick fix, it doesn’t solve the root of the problem; internet search engines might tell you that over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs are a solution, while others may suggest the use of a warm compress and to eat soft foods, you are still not solving anything and only gaining temporary relief from discomfort.

We offer a long term solution to your problems, and although the best treatment will depend on the cause of the issue, we offer advice and counselling on the range of appliances that may help treat your condition. Some of these appliances may be something that is worn over the front teeth at night, or larger ones worn in the mouth to cover all the teeth in order to prevent clenching and grinding.

Other treatments

We also offer a Cerezen device which is worn inside the ear to help prevent grinding and clenching, due to its close proximity to the joint.

After a consultation with your dentist, it may be discovered that you require a different specialist and it may be recommended that you see either an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist to assist in the healing of your TMD issue.

In rare cases, arthroscopic surgery will be the most beneficial form of treatment for these disorders.

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What should I do if I have TMD and jaw problems?

The list of issues and symptoms surrounding TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be long and complicated, but in this article we will discuss and unpack the problems you may be facing and what to do if you are currently suffering from these issues.

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At Castle Lane Dental Care we have the means to address your TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth in a safe and professional environment, our team has experience with and caters for patients suffering from these issues, helping to solve their jaw problems with several techniques.

How do I know if I have jaw problems?

Jaw problems begin with a misalignment in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – located in front of the ears on either side of the head, they form a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. This hinge, along with ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones helps you create the movements needed for eating and talking – TMJ disorder refers to this misalignment and can cause people to clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night.

Often a misalignment can be seen in a person’s bite, which is the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth. A ‘bad bite’ could be indicated by an overbite, underbite or crossbite that may be treated in various ways, depending on the severity of the issue. However, if you are suffering from symptoms of a TMJ disorder you will need to visit your dentist who can treat your problems, this treatment may involve a hard plastic appliance used at night to position your teeth correctly thus allowing the muscles in your jaw to relax.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) covers a whole host of conditions that affect the TM joints and can occur when you open or close your mouth or move your jaw from side to side. Pinpointing the cause of TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth varies between patients, as the conditions causing these problems may be as different as someone suffering from stress and clenching their jaw thus causing pressure on the disks and strain on the muscle in the joint, to someone who has experienced whiplash in a car accident causing trauma to the muscles in that area.

Whatever the cause may be – which can be discussed with your dentist – the symptoms are clear and if you experience the following symptoms after ruling out all other possible explanations you may be suffering from TMD and need to consult your dentist:

– You may experience pain in the muscles around the jaw

– Your jaw may click, grate or pop when chewing or speaking

– Tightness in the jaw

– Experiencing difficulties when opening your mouth

– Pain in the front of the ear, neck or temple

– Earache or a feeling of blockage

– A recurring headache or migraine

– You may have unexplained neck pain or backache

If you find any of these symptoms to be persistent or chronic it is important to seek medical attention from your dentist where we will establish the cause of your problem and come up with an elegant solution to treating it.

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Enjoying dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth

If you have false teeth, you might be aware of the procedure available that enables you to feel more confident with your smile, knowing that your teeth will not slip and fall out without warning.

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Dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth offer patients a means of improving their quality of life and we are eager to speak with you about your options. To ensure that you are eligible for this treatment, it is important to book a consultation with one of our professionals. We will take a series of scans of your jaw bone and discuss with you your medical and dental history so that we can gain an insight into your current condition.

Unfortunately, some of you will find that you need to gain control over some underlying health conditions before continuing on with the treatment. If you have gum disease for example, or other conditions such as diabetes or are going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment, then we generally ask that you wait until you have managed these conditions or your health has improved.

This way, we are able to maintain a high level of success regarding or treatments for dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth. We want to be able to provide our patients with confidence in knowing that their treatment has reduced risk and that the advantages far outweigh any potential pitfalls. By speaking with one of friendly and compassionate team members today, we will be able to determine what we believe to be the right course of action regarding your current condition so that you can enjoy your smile even more.

Do I need any prior treatment?

That depends. If you have been wearing your false teeth for a long time and are experiencing discomfort now with them slipping and sliding around, this may be because your jaw bone has begun to recede. This is a natural occurrence where your body no longer produces an appropriate amount of cells to the jaw bone as it believes it is no longer needed. Without appropriate stimulation from your natural teeth, your jaw bone simply reduces the rate in which it restores and your body uses this energy elsewhere.

In order for you to use dental implants to stabilize your false teeth, you need to have an appropriate amount of jawbone left. If you do not, then you may be required to undergo a simple bone graft to replace the missing bone.

We use either animal, synthetic or human tissue and place it directly into your natural jaw. We then leave it to heal before carrying on with the treatment as planned. There is a high success rate for this treatment and we are excited to be able to offer our patients a new lease on life with this treatment.

If you want to understand more about dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth then we warmly invite you to come and discuss with us your personal situation so that we can determine what steps we need to take for you to enjoy a stable and more functional smile.

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Is there a solution to dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth?

If you have found that your false teeth are slipping around in your mouth, causing embarrassing moments, or reducing your confidence in regards to eating and speaking out in public, then our solutions regarding dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth may be something that you would like to consider.

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It is natural for your teeth to slip and slide around on your mouth over time, simply because of the way that our bodies react to your missing teeth over time. The jaw bone begins to recede when it is no longer stimulated by natural teeth. As your false teeth simply sit on your gums, the kind of stimulation that your jaw bone needs no longer happens. Thus, as a result, the cells of the bone deteriorate and your body chooses not to put energy into restoring them again.

This will happen to anyone who has missing teeth. It is not solely an age related occurrence, however, as it takes a significant amount of time to occur, it is something that occurs with age. You will also find that if your jaw bone is receding, that you may feel your face begin to droop and your cheeks appear more sunken in, a sign of premature aging caused by this condition.

Dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth can offer a solution. Rather than live with slipping teeth, let one of our dentists talk to you about using dental implants as a means of supporting your dentures in place. We can offer an all-on-four treatment plan, otherwise known as same day teeth, which places four implants strategically around the mouth to support your false teeth and keep them in place.

Two implants are placed on your upper jaw and two on your lower jaw. They are placed using a digital software to improve comfort and minimise the risk of complications. They are known as same day teeth because the procedure can be quickly completed all within the single appointment and your dentures can be placed onto the implants leaving you with a brand new smile all in a single day.

Is it safe?

Although it is relatively straightforward, you do need to undergo a minor surgical procedure so we need to ensure that your health is strong, that you have no underlying dental conditions and that we follow only the strictest of hygiene protocols to reduce the risk of infection or complication after the surgery is completed.

Rest assured, we only use the best materials which guarantee you a long-term result. Implants can be expected to last for several decades, especially when cared for correctly by both you and your dentist.

Dentures and stabilisation in Bournemouth is a means to allow you a better quality of life. We understand that it can be exhausting needing to be constantly aware of your slipping teeth and they can be painful to boot. Come in and speak with one of our friendly team about the options that are available to you so that you can enjoy a more reliable, functional smile, today.

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Chipped your tooth? Five ways our emergency team can repair it at Castle Lane Dental

It happens to the best of people; you are out and about one day, you bite into a piece of food that was a bit too hard and boom! You now have a chipped tooth. What do you do?

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Generally speaking, minor dental chips rarely require an urgent dental appointment, but left unchecked, they can develop into a larger chip, which can be more difficult to fix. Also if your dental chip is on the larger side, it can lead to discomfort, which is never fun.

Luckily, with modern dentistry, there are many ways dentists can fix chipped teeth, even at an emergency appointment. At Castle Lane Dental Care, our team can offer you a wide range of emergency dental care in Bournemouth to repair your chipped tooth, allowing you to get on with your day. Offering same day appointments for emergencies, just call us and we will get your smile back in one piece in no time!

But, how can we repair your chipped tooth with our emergency dental care in Bournemouth? Read on to find out about our top five repair methods.

Recontouring

If your chip is very small, our team may be able to repair your tooth using a recontouring tool.

Similar to filing down a nail, this involves a small tool being used to smooth down jagged edges on enamel; this may be used in conjunction with other emergency dental care in Bournemouth too, if you have a chipped or cracked tooth.

Bonding or filling

Once again, if you have a small crack or chip in your tooth, our team may use a composite filling to fill and repair the chip.

Using a UV light, our team will apply this to your tooth and harden it, so you will be able to bite with it. It will be colour matched to your surrounding teeth, so you don’t have to worry about it looking out of place!

Crowns

Likely to be used if your tooth is more severely damaged from either a blunt force trauma or decay, our team may choose to use either a porcelain or metal crown to repair your tooth.

In instances of decay causing the tooth fracture, our team will aim to remove the decay first and prepare your tooth, so that your crown can sit on top of it and stay in place.

Veneer

If your chip is at the front of the mouth, you will obviously want a replacement that is discreet in appearance; this is where the glamorous dental veneers work.

Used not only to whiten teeth, veneers can also be used to repair chips in your teeth and can be shaped to create a more natural symmetry to your teeth, so your repaired tooth won’t stick out!

Root canal

Similar to a crown, a root canal is usually used by our dental team if there is extreme decay in a tooth which has caused it to crack.

Topped with a crown, this treatment is suitable for more extensive cracks and chips.

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Think a dental emergency is always uncomfortable? Five signs that you need to see an emergency dentist

When you wake up in the night with a pain under one of your teeth, it can, well, put a real downer on the day ahead.

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Of course, dental discomfort is an obvious indicator that you need a same day appointment. In fact, at Castle Lane Dental Care and at almost every other dental surgery in the country, this is one of the main complaints our emergency team hears from our patients.

But, did you know that you may be having a dental emergency, but be suffering from no discomfort at all?

At Castle Lane Dental Care, our team wants to help all dental patients to be able to identify when they need emergency dental care in Bournemouth, as quick identification leads to prompt treatment. Prompt treatment means better dental health which in turn, makes your life easier!

But, without discomfort, how do you identify that you need emergency dental care in Bournemouth? Read on to learn our dental team’s top five tips for identifying a dental emergency.

Swelling

Is your face swollen on one side? Did it happen overnight?

If the answer to either of these is yes, then you need emergency dental care in Bournemouth.

Although non-specific, swelling to the face and jaw can indicate an infection, an impacted wisdom tooth or other issues in the mouth. Either way, when you notice any swelling, call our team immediately!

Sensitivity to temperature

OK, sensitive teeth are very common and at Castle Lane Dental Care, we see patients every day who have minor sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

However, if your tooth suddenly becomes sensitive to either hot or cold beverages, it is time to come in and see us. Once again, this could be indicative of an infection, or a crack or chip in your tooth. Either way, both of these require urgent fixing, to prevent bacteria getting under the tooth and to prevent the infection from spreading.

Loose tooth

Not as common as many patients think, a loose tooth is a sign that you need to come in and see our team as soon as you can.

Loose teeth may indicate an issue with your jawbone, may be a sign of advanced periodontal (gum) disease, or may even be due to a recent trauma. Either way, if your tooth is wobbling and you are over the age of seven, come in and see us!

Metallic taste

This can highlight two potential issues, both of which need urgent attention from a dentist.

You either have bleeding in your mouth, which could indicate gum disease or, you have a metal filling which has cracked.

Cracked fillings can allow bacteria to creep into the root of the tooth, causing an infection and of course, gum disease is, well, gum disease! Call us if you notice a metallic taste in your mouth!

Constant headaches

The body is interconnected; toothaches can cause ear, neck and head pain so if you have a headache that you cannot shift, come and see us.

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Unlock your smile’s true potential, through invisible braces in Bournemouth

Shifting perceptions

Here at Castle Lane Dental Care, we’ve noticed a dramatic shift in perceptions over the last few years. Historically, a visit to the dental chair to get braces was a feared and dreaded day which was the cause of a large deal of anxiety or stress for many of us. Today however, it is something which is actively promoted by older and young patients alike. Never before has the number of people seeking out information around invisible braces in Bournemouth been so high. We feel that this shift in the levels of dental engagement and perception – particularly from our younger patients – is largely due to the increase in the use of social media and the copious photography of our daily lives, causing us to pay more attention to the aesthetics of our smiles. This, we feel, has played a vital role in spurring a large proportion of young people to take action and seek out the vitally needed orthodontic treatments to boost the aesthetic appeal of their smile.

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In line with the times

It used to be that those who opted for braces, to achieve a straighter and healthier looking smile, would generally have to put their outward appearance on the backburner throughout the course of the treatment – which could typically take around twelve months. This, in turn, caused a large portion of those who required dental alignment to refrain from seeking it, which often led to their teeth becoming more crooked, or other – more serious – dental implications. Today however, thanks to treatments such as invisible braces in Bournemouth, patients have the ability to undertake orthodontic alignment, without altering their outward appearance or damaging their self-esteem or confidence.

Visibly different

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we understand that no two patients are the same. Each carries with them their unique sets of needs and desires to our practice, and as such we offer a range of invisible braces in Bournemouth to meet them. One of the most popular forms of discreet orthodontics which we offer, is the removable aligner process. This method works by replacing conventional fused brackets and wires with a removable, plastic retainer. This retainer is constructed from a special dental material and uses specifically targeted pressure points within it to gradually push the patient’s teeth back to their correct place. One of the main attractions of this method, over conventional orthodontics, is the removable nature of the aligner. Unlike conventional braces, which are attached to the patient’s teeth for as long as twelve months – this method of dental alignment gives patients the ability to tailor when they carry out treatment around their own schedules. Additionally to this, as each of these retainers are custom built around the specific shapes and contours of each patient’s teeth, when the retainer is worn it fits so snugly over their teeth that it becomes almost completely undetectable. This again may help rationalise the procedure’s popularity with young people, as they can achieve a straighter smile without attracting unwanted attention from their classmates or peers.

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General dentistry in Bournemouth for prevention

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. These are words commonly known by all, and emphasise the importance of taking precautionary measures instead of finding remedies for a problem. Well, you may want to keep away from doctors, but the same does not go for dentists.

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We await your visit so that we can find you the best methods for looking after your oral health and equip you with precautionary measures, so you do not have to deal with complex and sometimes painful issues further down the line.

No one wants to start a day with a swollen jaw or an aching tooth or take a day off for an appointment for a root canal. Dealing with people who are facing such situations is a daily routine for all our professionals practising general dentistry in Bournemouth. Of course, we are always here at your side to assist you in getting rid of all your toothaches and swollen gums, but what if they did not happen in the first place? What if you did not have to cancel an important corporate meeting and embarrass yourself just because you woke up with pain in your entire jaw in the morning?

It is for this very reason we have available all of the general dentistry in Bournemouth treatments and bring you preventive dentistry as part of our services. This is an essential addition to our services because it provides us with an opportunity to express the utmost care for you and your family. Solving a problem at its most complicated stage is always a headache, but if you can firmly grasp the issue while it is a seedling, things can be a lot easier to tackle.

Now an important question arises, which is why you should opt for a preventive treatment plan by regularly visiting your dentist. Well, once a thing is destroyed or damaged, it can be repaired, but it is never as it was before. Once your teeth or gums or any part of your mouth gets affected by any ailment, although we are able to restore your teeth to full functionality, they can always be susceptible to further complications and damage once initial harm has been done.

There is the chance that you may fix one tooth, and surrounding teeth or gums can become problematic. We firmly believe that no one wants to lose their teeth, even in the latter part of their life. After all, these are the teeth that enable you to have juicy beef steaks and spicy vegetable curry.

General dentistry in Bournemouth offers professionals, who not only perform a thorough examination of your mouth to look for any possible chances of an ailment, but who also guide you in talking about taking care of your mouth in the right way. Some tips can always come in handy, and we make sure that you still have your guard up against any adverse attacks on the health of your teeth and gums.

You may want to avoid the doctor, but we will make sure you keep visiting us as your regular dentist. We will always keep you informed because your healthy smile is indeed the real perceived value of our job.

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