Do You Have a Clicking Jaw?
Monday, April 13th, 2015
TMJ is a colloquial abbreviation for temporo-mandibular joint – the connection point between a person’s lower jaw and the temporal bones of the skull (in front of each ear). Many people experience issues with this particular joint during their adult lives, with one of the most common symptoms being that of a clicking jaw. The condition is usually very treatable, and can be rectified by your dentist in a variety of ways.
TMJ complications can occur in anyone at any time, although suffering a physical blow to this region can cause/accentuate the problem. Grinding and clenching may also cause issues with TMJ, and if you regularly crush your teeth or tighten your jaw, you should make a conscious effort to stop in order to help prevent further complications with this joint.
If you begin to notice a clicking jaw, difficulty eating food, or discomfort when you open/close your mouth, you may want to consult your dental practitioners and discuss the symptoms with them. Chances are you will be experiencing TMJ complications, and your physician will go ahead and take a long look at your jawbone to deduce what the problem might be.
Everyone’s mouth is different, and your dentist may attempt to resolve any issues by adjusting your teeth to re-position the jaw, replace particular teeth to restore balance in the mouth, provide a mouthpiece to clamp down on to aid realignment, or prescribe certain medication to temporarily cure any pain.
More often than not, TMJ problems are relatively simple to resolve. On occasion you may be encouraged to go and see a specialist, who can train you to perform particular mouth stretching exercises that will see any jaw discomfort slowly disappear over time. TMJ is usually benign, and can be cured without much difficulty.
Avoid Teeth Sensitivity
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
In summer time we all tend to experience more teeth sensitivity than during other months. Ice-cream, cold summer drinks and chilled fruit can all affect our teeth causing severe discomfort or mild twinge for a few hours. Teeth sensitivity is considered to be a common problem for people aged between 20 and 40. However, it can affect anyone whose dentine happened to be exposed to hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods or drinks.
Since nobody enjoys pain or sensitivity in their teeth it is vital to find out what are the causes in order to avoid them. The main causes of teeth sensitivity include gum disease or recession, dental erosion, teeth grinding or toothbrush abrasion. Sometimes a cracked tooth or a filling can also cause teeth sensitivity or pain.
If you are suffering from sensitive teeth we would recommend to brush them with Colgate Sensitive or Sensodyne brands. If you have teeth whitening retainers you could also put some toothpaste there and leave it on for an hours, overnight or until you feel better.
If you can’t get rid of the pain or are concerned about sensitivity in your teeth contact us and book a consultation with our award winning team on 0141 564 1900.