TMJ Dysfunction refers to any problem with the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull - your temporomandibular joint. Common issues involving this joint include popping, clicking, or pain when opening or closing your mouth. This is something our expert team can help you to treat; if you are experiencing TMJ issues, please discuss any symptoms with your dentist at your next patient consultation.
As well as a clicking or popping sensation, those with TMJ Dysfunction might also experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in your jaw when opening and closing your mouth
- Not being able to fully open your mouth, or the jaw feeling ‘locked’ in place
- Issues with your bite, or discomfort when chewing
- Headaches or earache
After your initial consultation, your dentist will be able to determine whether the cause of your discomfort is due to the muscle that supports your joint, or the joint itself.
What causes TMJ Dysfunction?
There are many reasons why you might experience a disorder in your temporomandibular joint, including:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- General wear and tear to the joint, which can occur over time
- Suffering an injury to the area
- Tightened facial or jaw muscles due to stress
- Arthritis in the joint
The treatment for TMJ Dysfunction will depend on your individual requirements; however, our expert team will be able to recommend the best course of action suited to your needs.
Some common treatments that your dentist may recommend include specialised exercises, reconstructive dentistry, orthodontics, the use of mouth guards, or lifestyle changes such as reducing stress and resting the jaw joint.
If you're unsure about any aspect of the treatment for TMJ Dysfunction, our professional team are always on hand to help. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction.
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