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CASE NOTES
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Repeat Wednesday 16:30
Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 23rd May 2006
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The Jaw

70% of us will encounter jaw joint problems whether it's clicking, clenching or muscular pain.

In this episode of Case Notes Dr Mark Porter investigates the causes of these problems, and finds out about the treatments available.

His guest in the studio is Iain Hutchison, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at St Bartholomew's, The Royal London Hospital & Homerton Hospitals and Honorary Chief Executive of the charity Saving Faces.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding. The causes are varied but are often due to stress and tension.

People who grind their teeth often suffer from pain in the jaw and headaches as well as damaging the teeth.

Mark meets Robert Jagger, Consultant Senior Lecturer at the Department of Oral & Dental Science at the Bristol Royal Infirmary to discuss treatments for bruxism.

Jaw Cancer

Oral and pharyngeal cancers, which include jaw cancer, are the sixth most common malignancies reported worldwide and have high mortality rates.

Professor Peter Brennan, consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, tells Mark about the causes, diagnosis and latest treatments for jaw cancer.

Jaw Disproportion

Sometimes different parts of the face can grow in a disproportionate manner when it is developing during the early teens.

If this happens in the jaw the teeth may not meet properly, causing an abnormal bite and speech impediments, and affecting a person's appearance.

Case Notes joins maxillofacial surgeon Naheem Ali from St Bartholomew's Hospital in London in theatre as he performs orthognathic surgery on a patient with jaw disproportion, to find how the condition can be corrected.
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