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Holistic Dentistry

Jaw Screening

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Who needs BioPAK screening?

Does your jaw joint click, pop or lock?
Do you suffer from headaches, neck or back problems?
Have you ever had bite splints/mouth guards made for you?
Have you ever suffered trauma to your jaw such as whiplash?
Do you clench or grind your teeth or ever been told you do so?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you may be suffering from TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.

A BioPAK jaw screening appointment from our Surrey based dental practice will give us a clear indicator of what further diagnostic tests we will need to carry out and/or what course of treatment you will need.BioPAK

The programme is also available for other dentists and doctors to refer their patients to us.

It is also very popular with those who take a keen interest and a pro-active approach to their health and want to keep their finger on the pulse of cutting edge dental-medical technology

What is BioPAK screening?

BioPAKThe recommended basic initial screening comprises 3 components;

The Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) which uses sensors placed over your TMJ (jaw joint) whilst you carry out some simple jaw movement tests to track vibrations through your TMJ (jaw joint). This will detect your jaw cracking or popping.

TMD and Splint Therapy

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What is TMJ Splint Therapy?

TMJ disorder, which afflicts the temporomandibular joint, can negatively affect sufferers in a number of different ways. To begin, the pain and discomfort of TMJ syndrome is a constant annoyance. Over time, the pain may become nearly unbearable, requiring prescription medication for simple relief. Additionally, TMJ symptoms affect any activity that involves the jaw. This means that activities that are normally undertaken many times each day, such as talking and eating, can become an uncomfortable ordeal to the TMJ sufferer. In the past, people with TMJ problems often resigned themselves to suffer in silence rather than undergo costly and potentially risky surgical procedures to fix their bite. However, with the help of a skilled TMJ dentist, you have options. One excellent treatment option for TMJ syndrome is splint therapy. Splint therapy aims to correct the patient’s bite without surgery, through the use of dental appliances that align the jaw gradually over time.

Many people who have TMJ problems grind their teeth in their sleep. To solve this problem, their doctor or dentist may suggest the use of a night guard or mouth guard, which is a plastic guard that protects the teeth from the damage inflicted by repeated grinding motions. Splint therapy should not be confused with the use of night guards. To begin, these splints, usually made of plastic and often referred to as orthotic devices, are worn on a daily basis, rather than simply at night. In addition, the purpose of splint therapy differs from that of the night guard. While night guards seek to protect teeth, splints aim to gently force the jaw into a more natural and comfortable position in order to alleviate TMJ symptoms. The goal is to create a bite that allows the temporomandibular joint to remain in its socket when all of the teeth come together, and to make sure that all of the teeth come together at the same time. With regular use and careful adjustment by a qualified TMJ dentist, these splints can be used to produce permanent results, all but curing patients of their TMJ problems.

There are several different kinds of splints that can be used for TMJ splint therapy. Some splints are worn on the upper teeth, while others are worn on the lower teeth. Generally, lower teeth splints are preferred, simply because most patients find them more comfortable and more conducive to speech – a concern that is of particular importance when the device is to be worn 24 hours a day. There are also partial coverage and full coverage splints. While partial coverage splints are worn over only the back or front teeth, splints that provide full coverage are worn over all of the teeth. This allows the dentist who is overseeing the splint therapy more control over the creation of the new bite, and lessens the chances that the teeth or jaw could shift over time. Finally, there are directive and permissive splints. While directive splints hold the jaw in a fixed position, permissive splints allow it to find its own position and move more smoothly and naturally. Permissive splints are a more modern alternative that many patients find less restrictive and easier to wear on a daily basis.

We are pleased to announce that we are now working with Dr Julian Keel BSc. D.C (Chiropractor to Pat Cash, Dean Macey, and Formula 1 Racing Drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya). Julian will be predominantly be working with Marc Mortiboys in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from TMD issues. Find out more about Julian at http://www.barnes-chiropractic.co.uk/team.html.

Sports Dentistry

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Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™

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Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ has been engineered to unlock your power and potential.

It’s all in you, but blocked by one of the human body’s instinctive reflex systems – teeth-clenching. With safe, custom-built UA Performance Mouthwear™, athletes in any sport — from football to golf to hockey — can capitalize on innovation that makes you stronger, faster and better.

Whether you need protection in contact sports or you just want to improve your game, Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™, with ArmourBite® Technology, gives every athlete an edge.

Performance Solutions For Every Athlete

The technology is patented. The performance is proven.

The advantages are undeniable. UA Performance Mouthpieces™ deliver a host of physical benefits that help you train harder and compete at a higher level than ever before. UA Performance Mouthguards™ provide those same benefits, with the added benefit of customized dental protection.

Once you have decided which model is right for you, getting your own Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is a simple 3-step process. First, your dentist will take your bite impressions. Next, the impressions are shipped to our lab where we custom make the product. Third, the completed mouthwear is shipped back to your dentist for a final fitting.

Jaw-Dropping Performance

Increases Strength

With improved airflow and less stress from clenching, UA Performance Mouthwear™ has been proven to increase strength by an average of 17% with the UA Performance Mouthpiece™ and 12% with the UA Performance Mouthguard™.

Increases Endurance

UA Performance Mouthwear™ enlarges airway openings, resulting in 25% less lactic acid build-up after 30 minutes of intense exercise.

Speeds Up Reaction Time

Athletes may respond faster when wearing UA Performance Mouthwear™. Clinical trials show an improvement in responding to auditory cues and potential improvement in response to visual cues.

Reduces Athletic Stress

Excess cortisol causes stress, fatigue and distraction. UA Performance Mouthwear™ decreases cortisol production, which means you feel & play better.

Reduces Impact

When the jaw suffers an impact, energy can be transmitted to the head, which can cause concussion. UA Performance Mouthguards™ have been shown to reduce the G-Force impact of blows to the jaw by up to 20%.

Unclench Your Jaw And Unleash a Better Athlete

You are “hard-wired” to clench your jaw.

When you train and compete, your natural reaction is to clench your jaw. It’s part of the “fight or flight” wiring of your brain. Your clenched jaw and teeth compress your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), triggering the release of excess amounts of performance-sapping hormones (like cortisol) that produce stress, fatigue and distraction.

UA Performance Mouthwear™ helps the human body help itself by unlocking the power of the jaw. Patented ArmourBite® Technology prevents your teeth from clenching and pivots your jaw forward to relieve pressure on the TMJ. Gone are the excess negative hormones and the energy-draining effects, so the body can now unleash its full potential.

Independent studies conducted at some of the nation’s top universities and research centers have proven the undeniable advantages of UA Performance Mouthwear™

How Does UA Performance Mouthwear™ Differ From Mouthguards?

Mouthguards provide protection. UA Performance Mouthwear™, which includes mouthpieces and mouthguards powered by ArmourBite® Technology, does more: It enhances performance. It is not only backed by some of the biggest names in pro sports, it’s also recommended by dentists, pro trainers, strength coaches and wellness experts.

Who Should Use UA Performance Mouthwear™?

Hundreds of professional athletes are currently relying on the superior performance and protection benefits of UA Performance Mouthwear™. But it isn’t just for pros – UA Performance Mouthwear™ is for all athletes who want to excel in their sport or activity.

How Do I Choose The Right Product?

The UA Performance Mouthguard™ offers superior protection in addition to its performance benefits and should be used in contact sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse. The UA Performance Mouthpieces™ are appropriate for non-contact and limited- contact sports such as running, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis and training.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Custom Piece Of UA Performance Mouthware™?

Once fitted, the orders typically take 10 days for delivery. Talk to your dentist about shipping options to receive your product sooner.

With Over Ten Years Of Research, UAPM™ Is Proven To Enhance Athletic Performance!

Because we reduce cortisol and lactic acid, our research has shown:

  • Increased strength (up to 20%)
  • Increased endurance (avg. 17%)
  • Faster reaction times (up to 49% decrease)

A Summary Of The Technology

  • When under stress or strain like performing in athletics, people tend to clench their teeth
  • Clenching pressure triggers the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that negatively impacts performance
  • UAPM™ reduces the release of cortisol by lessening pressure on the TMJ, so athletes are calmer, more relaxed and more focused. They are also able to react faster
  • Placing UAPM™ in the mouth also opens the airway wider
  • A wider airway aids in oxygen exchange
  • Better oxygen exchange reduces lactic acid. Reduced lactic acid improves endurance

Mortiboys Dental Spa is a local Surrey dentist and is happy to see patients for Sports Guards from around the Surrey area including East Horsley and Effingham.