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Chinplants: The New Hype That is Taking Countries by Storm

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Chin implants or chinplants have been popular for a decade or so. As of now, thousands or people that were not happy with the way their jawline looked, now enjoy a sharper contour. So, if it is not new, as a plastic surgery procedure, why is there such a massive increase in chin implant cosmetic surgery these days, with the image-conscious Brits leading the way and turning chinplants into the nation’s favorite cosmetic surgery procedure?

Perhaps it is the fact that you no longer need to undergo surgery to have chin implants to alter the sharpness of your chin and improve the harmony of their face. New, pioneering, and minimally-invasive procedures now see the light and deliver safe, natural-looking results.

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Introducing Fat Transfer

You may have heard of fat transfer or fat grafting. It is a procedure where the plastic surgeon extracts fat from the patient’s body (usually from areas, such as the abdomen, lower back, love handles and thighs), purifies it, and re-injects it into the target area (the chin, in this case). No more foreign materials, no risk of allergic reactions, no complications whatsoever. According to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mir Joffrey MD – Although chin implants has always been a low-risk procedure, fat grafting has turned it into an absolutely safe one.

This means that you can acquire the celeb-inspired chin you admire, enhance your side profile, and restore the balance of your face, using only your own fat. So, it will be like having the most “green” implants ever!

The procedure is performed under local anesthetic, although some plastic surgeons prefer sedation or general anesthesia, especially if the chinplant procedure is combined with a facelift, neck surgery, breast augmentation or Brazilian butt lift, where more fat will have to be harvested from the patient.

Top Types of Chin

Chinplants are favored by both sexes, and why shouldn’t they? In a woman, it can restore natural beauty and harmony while in a man, the chin is considered to be one of the features that make the male face more attractive and masculine (see Ryan Gosling). Below are the top

  • V-Shaped / Heart-Shaped Chin – Scarlett Johansson’s chin is the most distinctive (and most sought after) heart-shaped chin.
  • Square Chin – It is the type of chin that suits both men and women alike. It is completely/proportionted square at the bottom (see Angelina Jolie) and is the second most-asked-to-replicate type of chin, after the V-shaped.
  • Round Chin – It is the type of chin Rihanna has and is a tad less defined than the square one. It is said that the roundness of the chin also gives those that have it a more welcoming, warm face.
  • Dimpled Chin – It was a particularly popular type of chin a few decades ago. However, they have gone out of fashion and many patients that have had their chin with a slight kink in the middle now request to have their dimple reduced, That can be done with the use of fillers; and, what better one that their own fat. That being said, though, there are female stars with a beautiful variation of the dimpled chin (see Christina Hendricks), where the dimple is less pronounced, that many women want to look like.
  • Protruding Chin – It adds character to a person’s face as it juts a tad forward. Although quite noticeable, many people believe it increases the person’s stakes significantly.
  • Long Chin – A long chin, like Jennifer Aniston’s, is said to be expressive and artistic. Others say that it complements an already beautiful face.

Fat transfer or fat grafting is the best way to achieve the same excellent (only much more natural-looking) outcome you could expect from having silicone implants placed in your chin. With both the wonderful results you can get from the modern and precise liposuction and your new chin, you have everything you need for great selfies!  Enjoy…

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The Next Day in Cosmetic Surgery: Minimally-Invasive, Highly-Effective Fat Graft Surgery Procedures

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Body image issues is not a concern of only young girls. People are now more open-minded about body altering and there seems to be a general acceptance that doing something to make you feel and look better, be it plastic cosmetic surgery or less invasive procedures, is more than welcomed. Therefore, it is no wonder elderly plastic surgery is on the rise these days, with a growing number of people in their golden years undergoing plastic surgery so that their health and the youthfulness of their heart reflects on the mirror.

Besides senior citizens, though, younger people are also looking into new, pioneering, minimally invasive ways to look their absolute best. In their quest to reverse time and acquire their dream body, plastic surgeons have come forward with a much-promising cosmetic surgery procedure that is definitely far from just another passing fad! Let us introduce you to Fat Grafts!

The Huge Benefits of Fat Transfer and Fat Grafts

Plastic surgery options have certainly expanded from the more traditional improvements. Now, a patient can have everything they want, from cheek reductions to dimpleplasty (a procedure where the surgeon creates dimples on the chin or cheeks).
However, the trend of fat is considered to be one of the most revolutionary plastic surgery procedures. Perhaps, it owes its incredible popularity to the fact that it involves liposuction, which has always been very popular. But, plastic surgeons are taking things to an entirely different level. They put that fat they extract from liposuction to work for them, towards the patient’s best interest and per their needs and requirements!
How is that accomplished? Through a fat graft or fat transfer procedure, where the surgeon moves fat from one area of the body and re-injects it in another. Among the trendier fat grafting procedures are:
Brazilian Butt Lift – Although the butt lift (aka BBL) is not something new (it originated in Brazil and became a hot trend in the USA with the likes of booty-full celebs, such as Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian) the fat grafting technique has provided patients with more natural results through a much less painful and much safer procedure. Instead of implants (that could cause allergic reactions, and call for a significantly longer recuperation period), fat is taken from where it is mostly undesirable (usually the abdomen), purified, and then put into the buttocks, making the rear look rounder, more proportional, and larger.
Breast Augmentation – Long gone are the days when overly exuberant cleavages (also cheeks and lips) were worshiped and considered a must-have cosmetic surgery procedure to look sexy. The majority of modern women now turn their focus on feeling and looking sensual the most natural way and breast enhancement procedures that are less visible to the naked eye. In this case, a fat transfer procedure allows them to reuse their own fat, usually taken from the tummy area to subtly enhance their breast size, often without the knowledge of those around them.
Facelift – Surgeons and dermatologists usually inject dermal fillers to smooth out wrinkles and eliminate fine lines. These are called injectables. Studies have shown that the best injectable is the patient’s own fat as it is associated with significantly less risk of allergic reactions. Fat is injected in key areas of the face, adds volume, and helps wipe out the signs of aging, according to Milwaukee cosmetic surgeon M Joffrey. It is a short procedure (it requires much less fat than in a Brazilian Butt Lift or Breast Augmentation); hence, the liposuction involved is usually less intense. The result? Fab smoothness and youthfulness of the face and an unbeatable fresh feel.
Leg Shaping – The new trend is to show flashes of the stomach, shoulder, and leg, according to a recent Vogue article. Longer, leaner legs are now sexier than ever. It appears that body shaping procedures and cellulite removal treatments are among the best ways to create the perfect pins. Removing unwanted fat, as part of an overall body-sculpting procedure, will indeed provide better definition to the legs. Most patients undergo a leg shaping procedure while also having a facelift, Brazilian butt lift or breast augmentation using the fat that has been extracted from them. That way, they can kill two birds will one stone!

Undeniably, fat grafting has created waves of enthusiasm among both plastic surgeons and patients, mainly for its amazing results. However, before you trust your body to a plastic surgeon, always make sure you do your homework and search for the most appropriate doctor for your case, medical needs, and requirements.

Anti- Wrinkle Injections & Lip Fillers in Glasgow

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Once you have perfected your smile at our award-winning clinic, why not complement your smile with our bespoke aesthetic treatments? At the Berkeley Clinic, we have recently expanded our facial aesthetics team. Whether you are looking to plump up the volume with lip fillers or reduce your frown lines and crow’s feet with our specialist anti-wrinkle treatments, we have a wide range of treatments available at our award-winning clinic in Glasgow.

What causes wrinkles?

Overtime we develop wrinkles due to a variety of factors, including ageing, sun exposure, poor diet choices, daily stresses and smoking. Even changing our facial expressions to smile or laugh can create lines and wrinkles. If you feel your face is ageing faster than you would like, non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments may be ideal for you.

Reverse the signs of ageing with Anti- wrinkle injections

 

Muscle relaxant injections are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. This non- surgical and non-invasive treatment is a great way to reduce any visible signs of ageing. Our treatments are performed by our highly-experienced practitioners using the best technology and tried and tested techniques. The gentle injections temporarily reduce and eliminate your fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles that cause wrinkles and creases. This process takes no more than 30 minutes and your face will look rejuvenated right away!

Dermal Lip Fillers

 

With lips being one of the most prominent features of the face you can see why more and more people undergo lip filler treatment. There are several reasons why people wish to enhance their lips with the main being to have fuller lips and a more youthful appearance. Lip enhancements are also popular as they add definition to your smile. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to restore the fullness to your lips with little recovery time then lip fillers in Glasgow could be for you!   

Book your free facial aesthetics consultation today!

If you would like to know about all the fantastic treatments we have available here at the clinic, then get in touch today and we will take time to find the perfect treatment for you. Our wide range of bespoke non-surgical, aesthetic treatments will make you look and feel younger and refreshed without the need for invasive or complex procedures. So, call us on 0141 564 1900 and book your free consultation with our highly skilled aesthetics practitioner.

Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures – Online Search Trends

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The ability to reshape and remake the body is something that’s been captivating the public’s attention for nearly two centuries since the first reconstructive surgeries were successfully completed in the 1800’s. Over time, as technology has continued to evolve, plastic surgery has grown in popularity with more and more people electing to have unnecessary procedures performed merely to achieve aesthetic goals.

What motivates individuals to get plastic surgery done remains deeply personal and somewhat mysterious, but online search trends reveal social undercurrents that are influencing what direction the field of cosmetic surgery will take in the future. Analyzing these undercurrents can provide important insights for those who wish to stay ahead of the trends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking exclusively at tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentation, and butt lifts between April, 2014 and April 2017 reveals that there’s been a general downward trend in terms of the number of people searching for topics related to these procedures. But online search interest is definitely cyclical with peaks and valleys cycling regularly over time. The biggest change in terms of downward momentum was in the number of searches for tummy tucks. Interest in butt lifts has remained the most stable with occasional sharp upward surges that last briefly before returning to baseline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tummy tucks enjoy the greatest interest across the Midwest with the exception of the state of Illinois where liposuction and SmartLipo are the most sought after procedures in online searches. Other states that were most enamored with liposuction included Washington and Oregon, New York, New Hampshire, as well as Minnesota and South Dakota. Though butt lifts had a regular, less cyclical following of online searches, this procedure failed to dominate in any one particular state with hardly any searches in Wyoming and the Dakotas. But breast augmentations were most popular in the southwest (except in New Mexico, a tummy tuck state) as well as in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. The biggest interest in butt lifts came from New York, Nevada, and Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

On a nationwide level, the most popular keyword searches for tummy tucks, breast augmentation, liposuction, and butt lifts were phrases that included mention of a celebrity. Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kim Zolciak, and Kailyn Lowry were important search terms as well as Dr. Miami and Terry Dubrow (a Newport Beach plastic surgeon). The phrase, “botched tummy tuck” was in the top five search terms for tummy tucks which might explain why it’s had the most precipitous fall in terms of online search popularity over time.

The second most popular search term for liposuction is “lipedema”, a chronic disease that results in the accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous skin tissues, affecting the lower limbs from the buttocks to the feet. It occurs almost exclusively in women. Third and fourth place search terms for liposuction are both related to “water lipo” “Dr. Miami liposuction” took third place as a nationwide search term for this procedure.

 

 

 

 

Kailyn Lowry has clearly fueled interest in butt lifts nationwide with three of the top five search terms relating back to her. Breast augmentation keywords were more diverse, including searches for “Kylie Jenner breast augmentation”, “Terry Dubrow”, “breast augmentation near me”, “fat transfer breast augmentation”, and “fat transfer breast augmentation NYC”.

Zooming in on Illinois, search term stats are similar, though keywords are different. National trends show a general decline in searches with greater variability month-to-month in terms of interest across all four categories. Tummy tucks and liposuction were almost neck-and-neck in terms of search term interest.

Top keyword phrases used to find liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and butt lifts in Illinois were quite a bit different from the top search terms used nationwide. Tummy tuck search terms included “tummy tuck cost” as the top ranking term as opposed to “etonline.com Kris Jenner tummy tuck” reflecting perhaps different search intentions. There were only two high-ranking search terms for liposuction in Illinois: “liposuction near me” and “water liposuction”. The highest ranking search term for liposuction nationwide was also “liposuction near me” but in second place was “lipedema”. For breast augmentation, the highest ranking search term for breast augmentation was “ Kylie Jennfer breast augmentation”. In contrast, Illinois residents searched most often online for “breast augmentation cost”. And finally, the top search term nationwide for butt lifts was “Kailyn Lowry butt lift”, but in Illinois it was “Brazilian Butt Lift cost” again, perhaps reflecting a difference in terms of search intent.

 

Berkeley Teeth Straightening Solutions

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Have you always wanted straight teeth?

 

 

Many people long for a straight, even smile. If you don’t feel confident when smiling with your mouth open, or if you tend to cover your mouth with your hand as you speak due to your crooked or uneven teeth, then you may benefit from teeth straightening dental treatment at the Berkeley Clinic.

Options for straightening teeth

 

In the past, most teeth straightening options revolved around fixed braces. Fixed braces can still be useful in some cases, but newer and more modern treatments have been developed in recent years, such as Invisalign. Invisalign works via ‘invisible braces’; a set of clear, removable retainers that help to move your teeth into a more desirable position.

The main benefits of Invisalign

 

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The main benefit of Invisalign retainers is that they are almost impossible to detect. They are made from a transparent plastic that has been specially designed to fit your teeth perfectly. They are removed for eating and drinking, and then worn the rest of the time. They are ideal for anyone with a big event planned, such as a wedding, as they are one of the quickest ways to align your teeth. Invisalign helps to solve many common issues such as crowding, spacing, under and overbites. Invisalign provides quick and visible results, which helps to boost the morale of patients.

General Invisalign information

 

Orthodontic treatment can be a little daunting, but here at the Berkeley Clinic we are on hand to provide you with all the information and support you need. There are lots of things to consider when starting teeth straightening treatment but our friendly staff will be able to advise what treatment is best for you.

If you decide to go ahead with Invisalign clear braces treatment, we will make moulds of your teeth and will create an individualised plan. You will then be provided with a set of aligners. Some people only need a few, while others may need more, depending on the severity of any teeth issues. You will wear each set of retainers for approximately two weeks, and each new retainer will move your teeth into a new position.

Invisalign is a simple and easy treatment. For best results, the retainers should be worn 22 hours a day, so that your teeth do not move back into their original position.

Teeth Straightening Treatments at our Award- winning Clinic

If you are interested in Invisalign or would like to hear about the other teeth straightening methods we have available at the Berkeley Clinic then call us on 0141 564 1900. We are currently offering straight teeth consultations worth £99 for free so take the first step to perfect your smile today.

Using Fat to Heal Wounds

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Not so long ago, transforming the most common type of cells present in wounds into fat cells was considered impossible. However, doctors now seem to have managed to manipulate wounds so that they do not heal as scar tissue rather than regenerated skin. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania at the Perelman School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Pilkus Laboratory for Developmental and Regenerative Biology at the University of California conducted a large-scale, multi-year study, whose findings were published in the online journal Science, last January.

In the normal healing process, wounds often heal as scars. When that happens, fat cells called adipocytes, which are found in the skin, are lost. Myofibroblasts, which are believed to be cells that form scars, take their place in the wound to promote healing. The formation of scar tissue is also related to the absence of hair follicles that leads to giving scar tissue an appearance different from the rest of the skin. Combined, these two characteristics comprised the basis on which scientists worked on, with a particular interest in finding a way to alter the myofibroblasts already present, and changing them into fat cells.

 

Hair Follicles & Fat Formation

Researchers believed that if they could manage to regenerate hair follicles, they would initiate a process where fat is also regenerated. Indeed, it has been evidenced that both fat and hair are working in tandem; separately, but not independently. The regenerating hair follicle produces a wide array of factors, which help convert the nearby myofibroblasts and prevent them from forming a scar. Instead, they regenerate as fat. New hairs are vital for the formation of fat and, once the fat is formed, the new cells are almost impossible to identify as being different than the pre-existing ones. This, in turns, allows the wound to heal without leaving a scar.

A Groundbreaking Discovery

When researching the mechanisms during which the myofibroblasts are instructed to become fat, researchers found that a protein called BMP (Bone Morphogenetic Protein) was a critical factor that helped send the signal from the hair to the fat cells and initiate the conversion of the myofibroblasts, unlike what was previously known about them.

Until this revolutionary discovery, it was believed that myofibroblasts were not able to transform into a different type of cell, according to Cotsarelis lab. However, after growing human keloid cells in culture, as well as mice cells, it was found that doctors indeed have the ability to manipulate these cells into adipocytes very efficiently. The process during which the tissue is made to regenerate rather than form a scar can have significant applications in dermatology. Nevertheless, the loss of adipocyte is a common complication on HIV treatments, alongside other conditions. At the moment, the increase of fat cells in tissue seems like an efficient strategy for treatment.

The findings of this study may find applications in cosmetic dermatology and help combat the aging process, which results in permanent, deep wrinkles.

 

Right now, the existing anti-aging treatments fall a bit short, especially in the face. Cotsarelis lab explains that regenerating adipocytes in wrinkled skin might lead to the development of new anti-aging treatments, which is why they are now focusing on the mechanisms that relate to the regeneration of hair follicle and could potentially promote skin regeneration.

On the other hand, the Pilkus Laboratory is turning their focus on other fields of research. Researchers already conduct further studies using human scar tissue and human cells as a means to examine the role of other factors that signal the transformation of myofibroblasts into fat cells, other than BMP, and find new ways to reprogram cells in skin wounds.

 

Cosmetic Surgery in the UK

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Cosmetic surgery is nothing new. The first major surgery performed on a human was done in 1815. Although cosmetic surgery has truly evolved from standard procedures of that era, the need to look our best seems to be an inherent human desire. Therefore, cosmetic procedures throughout the UK have increased dramatically according to the annual study by the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons. However, different parts of the UK do have different trends associated with them, so it does the industry a disservice to group all areas into one group.

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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the ideal way to restore your smile and to provide improved dental health. They are a great solution for missing teeth, and are a much more sturdy and long-lasting solution than traditional dentures or bridges. They can be used to replace one or two teeth, or more, and at The Berkeley Clinic we are able to completely tailor our treatment to each individual patient. Dental implants take into account the unique shape and dimensions of each and every mouth, to create a smile that is subtle and natural.

How does the Procedure Work?

The procedure will take place under local anaesthetic, so that it is completely painless and stress-free. The dental implants are formed by inserting an artificial root carefully and precisely into the jaw bone. Once it has healed and fused with the jaw, artificial teeth can be secured to the implant to create a beautiful, even, and secure smile. Some patients may only need one implant, while others may need two or more; in cases where a larger set of dentures is needed, several implants can be used to hold them in place to make eating and drinking easier.

Many people may feel nervous about having dental implants, but The Berkeley Clinic’s friendly team are experienced with anxious patients and will help you to feel calm and relaxed throughout your treatment.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The main benefit of dental implants is that they are tailored to each individual, and will create a smile that is aesthetically pleasing as well as practical and functional. Our dental implants are made from durable titanium, meaning that if they are placed well and properly maintained, 95% of dental implants will last for many years without needing further work or replacement. The titanium implants also make existing teeth stronger, helping to increase their longevity.

Each implant can be adjusted, and the replacement teeth can be coloured to match your existing teeth, so that they sit cohesively alongside each other. From dazzling white to more understated shades, your teeth will look completely natural.

Dental implants also help to benefit overall oral health. Because they are permanent, they can be cleaned and flossed just like normal teeth.

Why are Dental Implants Superior to Traditional Dentures/Bridges?

Traditional dentures can be cumbersome, high-maintenance and may restrict the diet of the person wearing them. They can make chewing difficult, so that patients may be restricted to soft and liquidised foods. Dental implants fully restore the ability to chew and enjoy a variety of foods; so while looking great is a benefit of dental implants, many patients are even more pleased about the way they can expand their diet.

They also help to manage bone loss and facial sagging, which are common issues for wearers of traditional dentures. Solving facial sagging quickly enables patients to look more youthful, with a replenished appearance.

Dental Implants at The Berkeley Clinic Glasgow

If you think dental implants might be for you then contact our friendly care team today to discuss your options. We are currently offering consultations at a reduced rate of only £99, so book your appointment and start smiling with confidence today.

Holistic Dentist in Glasgow

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In addition to cutting-edge equipment and pioneering techniques, we’re firm believers in the holistic approach to dentistry. We don’t just target a single problem head on with a one-size-fits-all solution, instead we look at the wider picture along with our patients, investigating all aspects of dental health to fully determine what the issue might be that’s causing them pain, discomfort and embarrassment. The teeth, gums and oral tissues aren’t just crucial for healthy eating and aesthetic reasons, they’re an indicator of other problems within the body. By taking a holistic approach, we can provide you with a long-lasting solution and can also identify deeper health concerns that might need addressing.

Although dental professionals have deemed mercury amalgam fillings to be safe, many patients report several side effects and health implications after having mercury fillings installed into cavities. Many patients report feelings of tiredness and fatigue, general uneasiness and a foggy head that they often relate to mercury fillings. That is why at The Berkeley Clinic, we provide safe amalgam removal. This is one area where our holistic approach really comes into its own and our experts will work closely with you to discuss your symptoms, case history and concerns to provide you with a treatment plan that works for you.

The Effects of Mercury on the Body

Mercury is an incredibly toxic metal. Like other heavy metals like lead, mercury can be harmful to your health and can cause severe cases of poisoning when it leeches into the body. Mercury can also cause adverse allergic reactions. Between 1-5% of the population exhibits allergic reactions to mercury, meaning a large proportion of dental patients cannot accommodate mercury amalgam fillings at all and should be seeking alternatives. What’s more, mercury can trigger auto-immune responses in the body, a potentially devastating condition which can turn something as simple as a cavity into a life-threatening risk.

Safe Amalgam Removal Techniques

 

Our techniques for amalgam removal are not only safe, but quick, leaving you with first-rate results without the hassle. We provide clean air supply and then commence high-speed mercury vapour evacuation. Sealed mercury proof rubber dams are used to ensure that exposure is kept to a minimum, while same day ceramic reconstructions are available to provide you with the replacement you need in no time at all. You can read more about safe amalgam removal in our brochure. 

Alternatives to Amalgam Fillings

Mercury amalgam fillings were originally used in dentistry because they were relatively inexpensive and easy to fit. Today, these types of fillings are still commonly used for the same reasons. However, they are a poor choice when it comes to bio-compatibility and there are several other options which are much more effective. Ceramic inlays are a particularly desirable alternative, with cast models made from computer imaging. This alternative isn’t just a more attractive alternative because it is free from harmful chemicals, it can also restore a tooth after a filling is removed, leaving patients with a healthier, more natural looking smile. Composite resin fillings are another choice for patients, but like mercury amalgam fillings, these aren’t bio compatible and don’t last as long as ceramic alternatives.

Why Choose the Berkeley Clinic?

 

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Dr Stewart Wright has grown an international reputation for his holistic approach to treating patients.  The Berkeley Clinic have never placed mercury amalgam fillings. When patients come to us looking for help filling cavities or replacing old ones, we’ll always provide a metal free alternative that leaves patients with a healthier mouth and total peace of mind. What’s more, we pride ourselves on utilising the latest technologies, techniques and after-care processes to ensure every patient is left with the best possible result, every time.

Get in Touch with the Team Today

Are you looking for a holistic dentist in Glasgow or would you like to find out more about Safe Amalgam Removal? Get in touch today to arrange a consultation. Call us on: 0141 564 1900, email us on: reception@berkeleyclinic.com, or get in touch via the online enquiry form.

 

 

 

Understanding TMJ

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the skull. TMJ syndrome is pain and discomfort in the jaw joint that can be caused by a whole host of medical problems. Although many sufferers of the syndrome note a popping or clicking sound as first evidence of the condition, others suffer from more pronounced and painful symptoms.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

Many sufferers of temporomandibular joint syndrome have more than one symptom. Sometimes, these symptoms can be as simple as a minor clicking or popping sensation in the jaw joint. Other times, individuals may experience more pronounced pain in the head, neck and shoulders. As the condition becomes more painful and difficult to live with, individuals may experience more intense pain in the teeth when biting, headaches and migraines and sore muscles in the face and jaw while chewing. There are more visible symptoms to watch out for as well, including limited movement of the jaw, along with physical identifiers like the way the teeth meet when the jaw is clenched.

Causes of TMJ Injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint can lead to TMD. These injuries can range in severity, from a knock to the head to regularly clenching the jaw in an improper way. Essentially, any disruption to a healthy motion of the jaw can lead to locking or persistent pain. The balance of the teeth and jaw system needs to be healthy and maintained, otherwise individuals stand a strong chance of developing TMD. If you are experiencing symptoms and don’t go to your dentist to get checked and treated, then you risk worsening the problem. This can heighten your levels of discomfort and can result in the progression of more serious conditions.

Expert Diagnosis at the BioPAK Centre

The Berkeley Clinic offers an innovative solution in the diagnosis of TMJ. At the BioPAK Centre, we offer an intensive and comprehensive way to investigate the health of your jaw and teeth and how they bite together. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident or suffered a serious injury to your face, suffer from regular pain in the back, neck and face, suffer from headaches or migraines or experience discomfort in the teeth when chewing, our diagnostic centre offers a reliable way of identifying the presence of serious TMJ disorders.

We can use JVA (joint vibration analysis) to determine the condition of your jaw joint in as little as 20 minutes. If we note any issues, we’ll provide recommendations for further actions. If you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t clenching together correctly, a T-scan is another option. At the BioPAK Centre, we can arrange a T-scan to properly assess your bite accurately, providing you with a fantastic foundation for tailored dentist treatment to restore balance to your bite. If your scan identifies that an injury has led to damage your jaw, we can provide you with a medico – legal report that can be used in legal proceedings. This is particularly useful for those looking for settlement with a Personal Injury Lawyer and provides a reliable dental perspective for your case.

Other ways to manage your TMJ pain

It is also important to note that there are certain exercises for TMJ pain relief you can do at home to help ease any pain caused by TMJ. These exercises are thought to relax the jaw, strengthen jaw muscles and reduce jaw clicking. They involve moving your jaw joints in certain ways, our expert clinicians can advise the best exercises for you. Mouth guards can also be used to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching and also to help realign your jaw. Additionally, you can take ibuprofen or hold warm towels or ice against the area, to help relieve the pain.

Book an Appointment Today

Looking to book a consultation to get to the bottom of your TMJ problems? Book an appointment with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Call us to book a consultation on 0141 564 1900, or drop us an email via the online enquiry form.

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