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TMJ Dysfunction, Symptoms and Treatment – Why TMJ is a Total Pain in the Jaw!

TMJ Dysfunction, Symptoms and Treatment – Why TMJ is a Total Pain in the Jaw!

TMJ dysfunction is, quite literally, a pain in the jaw. Although a treatable condition, TMJ dysfunction is incredibly painful and debilitating. TMJ stands for temporomandibular (TM) joints. TMJ disorders result in problems with the jaw joint and/or the muscles surrounding the jaw.                     What causes TMJ dysfunction? The cause of TMJ dysfunction can be difficult to pin point. Jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders can be injury related, arthritic or genetic.   Consistent teeth grinding or jaw clenching can also be a culprit. It is possible that all or a combination of the above can be to blame for this painful condition.   TMJ symptoms: what are they? The following symptoms are usually associated with TMJ dysfunction: Jaw pain and discomfort Clicking or popping jaws Aching pains around your ears Swelling in either side of your face Jaw locking – when it is difficult to open or close your mouth Difficulty chewing Headaches or muscle spasms   TMJ treatment: what is available? If you are experiencing any TMJ symptoms, a visit to your trusted dentist is the first step towards finding a solution. Your dentist will determine if TMJ dysfunction relates to disk erosion, whether the joint is damaged or if jaw pain is affected by arthritis. In some cases, an X-ray will be required. Short term TMJ treatment options to alleviate jaw pain include: Applying heat and cold packs Limiting jaw movement Avoiding hard foods that require repetitive chewing Medications such as anti-inflammatories.   The above TMJ treatments are only short-term fixes, and while TMJ dysfunction sometimes resolves on its own, there are times when further dental care is required. This may include: Mouth guards to fit over your teeth at night when clenching appears to be the culprit. Heat treatment; applied to alleviate jaw pain and improve movement. Injections, radio wave therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to relieve muscle pain.   The last option for TMJ dysfunction – although it is not common – is surgery. Surgical treatment for jaw pain depends on the severity of the case, but is usually a last resort after other TMJ treatments have not been successful. This surgery is performed under general anaesthetic where an oral surgeon will cleanse the joint, remove any tissue and reposition the disc if necessary.   Concerned about TMJ dysfunction? Don’t leave jaw pain untreated. The professional and gentle team at Robert Duhig Dental can help. Make an appointment...

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Bad Breath in Children and Teens – How to Have the Talk

Bad Breath in Children and Teens – How to Have the Talk

  You lean down to kiss your primary schooler and notice a smell that reminds you of last night͛s dinner, but not in a good way. You put it down to the fact that he probably hasn͛t brushed his teeth but don’t be fooled. Halitosisos bad breath in children can sometimes be a whole lot more than skipping teeth brushing. The challenge with bad breath in children When it comes to a child having bad breath, they͛re often the last to realise. And though they might think it͛s funny to joke about, it is a cause for concern. Explaining what can happen if they don͛t address their bad breath is often the best tactic to begin to solve the problem. The floss test The most effective way to assess the goings on in your child’s mouth is have them floss and to… smell it.  Not a great way to start the day and if there’s a problem it may be deeply unpleasant!  This is the best way to get an assessment of your child’s oral hygiene status and to get them to self-assess and manage.  Other favourites include lick test͛ for not having to take a whiff of your child͛’s mouth every day. This test will give them some responsibility for checking their breath; they’ll think it͛s grossly hilarious. Forget the method of cupping hands over the mouth, breathing out and taking a sniff. This DIY breath test is unreliable because the air can escape. A more effective way, besides the floss test, is for your child to lick the back of their hand with the part of the tongue as far back as possible. Wait ten minutes for the saliva to dry and then smell it. ͚Mum, my hand stinks!͛ If this is the outcome of the lick test, it͛s time to lay the realities on the table. Explain why bad breath is bad It is important to emphasise the realities of having bad breath to children and teens, what it actually is, what happens if it͛s ignored and what they need to do to rectify it. Bad breath can mean: Your child has pieces of food stuck between their teeth because they didn’t brush and floss properly. This could lead to cavities. •Your child has developed a cavity or cavities because of poor dental hygiene. Depending on how far it has progressed, it could cause pain, health issues and cost money to repair. •Your child has a layer of plaque on their teeth due to poor brushing technique. Your child has developed a cavity or cavities because of poor dental hygiene. Depending on how far it has progressed, it could cause pain, health issues and cost money...

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How Your Oral Therapist Can Save Parents Money

How Your Oral Therapist Can Save Parents Money

How Your Oral Therapist Or Dental Hygienist Can Save Parents Big Money According to the National Child Oral Study, tooth decay is the most common oral disease in Australian children. In fact, in children aged five to ten years old, almost 50% of children studied had holes in their baby teeth. Nearly one quarter of five to ten-year-olds had untreated tooth decay. For children aged six to fourteen, the stats are no better with 24% of children in this age group already having holes in their adult teeth. 1 in 10 of these children also had some untreated holes in their adult teeth as well as untreated decay surfaces. Considering these alarming figures, it’s clear to see that parents are spending a lot of money on fillings, tooth extractions, crowns and root canals for something that is completely preventative. And it’s not all about the money. Tooth decay also causes children much pain, discomfort, eating, sleeping and self-esteem problems too. So, as a parent, what’s the answer? An oral therapist can really help. Here’s why. How an oral therapist can save Brisbane parents money The good news is that your children don’t have to be part of these scary statistics. The best place to start is with regular visits to an oral therapist. Brisbane dentists like Robert Duhig Dentist see huge benefits in having oral therapists as part of the team. They have a very specific role – to help you and your children keep a clean and healthy mouth. Oral health therapists are dental professionals who are dual qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene, so you know you’re in good hands. Here are just some of the ways and oral therapist can help your family. Education An oral therapist specialises in teaching children how to look after their teeth, including how to brush properly and how to reach hard places. They can explain better than anyone the importance of teeth brushing to children. Dental cleaning Oral therapists love to get in and banish plaque and build up, as well as checking that gums are looking healthy. Professional dental cleaning is not just a job, it’s a pleasure to an oral therapist. They get great satisfaction from seeing the job done right! Fluoride treatment Topical fluoride treatment is performed by an oral therapist or dental hygienist to prevent cavities forming in the very early stages. Topical fluoride treatment is more concentrated than what would be consumed by drinking fluoridated water or using toothpaste containing fluoride. Dental sealants A common preventative practice performed by oral therapists and dental hygienists is the application of dental sealants. In children, tooth decay predominantly starts on the back molars and so a clear...

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Adult Teeth Coming In Behind Baby Teeth? What Can You Expect?

Adult Teeth Coming In Behind Baby Teeth? What Can You Expect?

It seems quite straight forward – baby teeth fall out, adult teeth come in. But it doesn’t always work out that way! If you’re noticing what seem to be adult teeth coming in behind baby teeth that are still there, you might have a few questions or concerns. Here’s a brief overview of what you need to know. For further information and a more detailed examination, make an appointment with a dentist who specialises in gentle, peaceful pediatric dentistry. What does it mean if adult teeth are coming in behind baby teeth? Firstly, while it’s not overly common, this phenomenon is not a huge cause of concern in the dentistry world. Having said that, the problem may not simply ‘go away on its own’. It is a sensible decision to consult a dentist as early on in the process as possible so the situation may be monitored. What causes it? The permanent teeth are growing in from behind the roots of the baby teeth. This means there isn’t that ‘gap’ (pardon the pun) in time when the baby tooth falls out prior to the growth of the adult tooth. Admittedly, most of the time this situation does not require treatment. However, in some cases, your dentist may find due cause to extract the baby tooth in order to make room for the adult tooth to grow in a way that does not misalign the jaw. Will adult teeth coming in behind baby teeth impact my child? This is really a case-by-case basis and, without a close examination of your child’s teeth, a blanket answer cannot be given. You may find that there is some misalignment during the period of growth; this may be temporary or may cause permanent displacement. Luckily, there are solutions if needed! Your child may eventually need braces, or another treatment option. On the other hand, they may need nothing but regular brushing as usual! Speak to Robert Duhig Dentist about any potential preventative measures that you can undertake while your children are still little. A conversation early may prove to be a big saving down the track. Need advice about adult teeth coming in behind baby teeth? Call the friendly team at Robert Duhig Dentist...

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Tooth Replacement Options – No Gaps!

Tooth Replacement Options – No Gaps!

For those who have missing or damaged teeth, tooth replacement is probably something that you’ve considered many times. You’ll be more than aware of their importance to your overall dental health – if not your appearance and self-confidence! Your smile is often one of the first things people notice about you, so it’s important to put your best foot forward. Health-wise, your teeth are designed to work as a unit, to help you chew, speak, and smile. When any of them are missing or damaged, these tasks become much harder. It doesn’t matter where the missing or damaged tooth is – even the loss of a back tooth can affect your health, and cause your mouth to shift, your jaw to lose support, and your face to appear older. Thankfully, Robert Duhig Dental have a range of options available to help you get your pearly whites back in fine smiling form! Crowns If you have broken or weakened teeth, crowns can be used to strengthen and improve their appearance. There are two types of crown: Ceramic crowns, which are the most popular, and look the most natural. This is usually the way to go for damaged front teeth. Precious metal crowns, which are the strongest and ideal for people who grind their teeth. They are also the most expensive. Discuss which option will work best for you with your dentist. Whichever way you decide to go, your overall dental health will be the better for it! Veneers If you have teeth that make you self-conscious, it can be a harrowing experience. You may feel the need to only smile with your mouth closed. With veneers, your smile could be back to its sparkling best in no time! Veneers involve the bonding of a thin sliver of porcelain to your tooth. They can restore the structure of any tooth that has been damaged or lost, and reshape it to improve its appearance. They also protect the teeth from further damage. Implants For those with completely missing teeth, implants are probably the way to go. If your missing tooth is impacting your lifestyle, your confidence or appearance, or wreaking havoc on your health, Robert Duhig Dental can use a custom-made artificial tooth that is attached surgically to your jaw bone to fit the gap in your smile. It’s a permanent solution that is natural looking and fully functional. If you’re finding it hard to chew or bite, or your face has sunken due to missing teeth, discuss dental implants with your dentist. For more information about tooth replacement or repair, make an appointment with Robert Duhig Dental today by calling 07 3269 2443...

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New Year, New Smile From Robert Duhig Dentists!

New Year, New Smile From Robert Duhig Dentists!

It’s a whole new year, and it’s time to work on getting your smile into tip-top shape with Robert Duhig Dental, expert dentist in Sandgate! If there’s anything about your smile that has been niggling at you over the past year – a chipped tooth, discolouration, maybe even missing or damage teeth – a shiny new year is the perfect time to start on your shiny new smile. Not only will your teeth look a million bucks, you’ll feel a million bucks! Robert Duhig is the dentist for all your dental needs in Sandgate. Why is now the best time? The most obvious answer to this question is health insurance! Health insurance can be a tricky thing, so here’s a simple run down on how it works. Most health insurance policies have an annual limit or maximum, which is the most amount of money you can claim for certain services within a calendar year. This means that if you bought and claimed a dental procedure in December 2017, you will be able to buy and claim a completely new procedure in January 2018. It’s the best time to get your new year’s resolutions out of the way and work on making your smile beam. What procedures should you consider? Obviously, this depends on your individual health needs, but here at Robert Duhig, we have a range of procedures, based on the latest research and dental technologies, for health and cosmetic procedures. Zoom teeth whitening Some of the foods and drinks we love best, like coffee, wine, and sugary treats, have the unfortunate side effect of discolouring our teeth. So, if your teeth aren’t a lovely bright shade of white any longer, our in-chair Zoom teeth whitening treatment can help get you back to your bright and bubbly best in no time! Crowns Do you have chipped or otherwise damaged teeth? Crowns can be just the answer you’re looking for. Veneers Porcelain bonded to your tooth, a veneer can help repair its overall structure, leaving you with a happy, healthier looking smile. Dental implants If you’re missing any teeth, dental implants can help make your smile flawless again. They’re artificial but look amazingly authentic, and will help make you look years younger. Dental bridges If there are multiple gaps in your smile, discuss the possibility of a dental bridge with Robert Duhig Dental today. It may improve your confidence in your appearance, but also have other health benefits, such as improved chewing and digestion. Teeth straightening If you’ve got unseemly looking teeth or there’s something bothering you about your grin, having your teeth straightened. This can be done using braces or other less invasive means – technology in this area...

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