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Ease Your TMJ Troubles With A London Bridge Visit

4652780_blogTMJ disorder is a fairly common problem, which many people are completely unaware of until they discuss their symptoms with a dentist. The term TMJ disorder relates to pain and other symptoms, including clicking and cracking noises, stiffness and a lack of mobility, in the temporomandibular joint. This is a very active joint, which joins the bottom jaw to the skull. You can feel the joint in action if you put your fingers on the side of the face in front of the ears and then move your jaw.

TMJ disorder is not usually a serious problem, but it can be very painful and if it affects you on a persistent basis, this can be distressing and inconvenient. At London Bridge Dental, we are here to ease your TMJ troubles and ensure you start every day completely pain free.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in and around the joint, headaches, ear ache, stiffness in the joint, limited movement in the joint, clicking and popping noises and neck and shoulder pain.

Often, many people experience these symptoms when they first wake up in the morning.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are various possible causes of TMJ disorder and one common problem is bruxism; this is the medical name for tooth grinding. Grinding the teeth damages the tooth surfaces, but it also increases pressure and tension on the muscles around the jaws and this can contribute to stiffness, pain and headaches.

We provide treatment for bruxism, including using bite guards, which are custom-made appliances, which prevent the upper and lower teeth from clashing together when you sleep. Bruxism is often linked to stress and we can also offer tips for dealing with stress.

Why you must stop grinding your Teeth in South East London

3534882_blogIt isn’t easy to unwind after a long and taxing day in south east London, it’s a hectic place, but if you haven’t de-stressed by the time your head hits the pillow, you will be taking these stresses into your sleep; it can leave you fatigued the next day but more destructively, it is very likely to lead to you grinding your teeth. Now this will wear away the enamel quickly and leave you more likely to suffer tooth decay; your dentist will pick up on this and give you a mouth-guard to stop the damage to your teeth. However, you are by no means out of the woods, far from it because it won’t stop you from the grinding action and if you don’t address this, you will be wrecking your jaws, your head, neck and upper back, and this can do very serious injury- even to your nervous chord. The only way to overcome this is to seek professional help to get to the root of your stress- it may even include anger management but once this has been identified, then you can employ a series of calming techniques to ensure you chill-out completely at night so that you are stress-free when you sleep, and shortly afterwards, the grinding should cease altogether.

The Seriousness of TMJ disorders in London SE1

You may take for granted, the work your jaw does during each day of your life in London’s SE1. You eat, you talk and you chew your way through the average day and this places enormous forces through two tiny ball joints which connect the lower jaw to the top- more commonly known as the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ and the pressures on this joint come in many forms. The reason we have braces fitted, missing teeth replaced or have crown placements is to ensure that the occlusion of the mouth, or the ‘bite’, is correct. If this is misaligned, it places extra stresses on the TMJ. Teeth grinding is the ultimate enemy as you are continually placing stress on the joints and muscles that surround them. Over time, the joint will wear and cause many complications in the head, neck and upper back and it’s important to identify the symptoms early on. Constant ear, jaw and headaches are an indication that there is something wrong in this area, that can affect every day functions such as biting, chewing and talking- but the most obvious sign is when the jaw clicks when it is moved. Treatments for TMJ disorders can be many-fold. Resting of the jaw is important, combined with heat and ice therapies and medication. Occlusion correction is important to ensure the ‘bite’ reduces stresses in the TMJ. But most importantly, stress therapy can prevent teeth grinding and unnecessary pressures being placed on the jaw. But in extreme cases, the only alternative is surgery.

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