TMD / TMJ Dysfunction

TMD or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) is a big word for a big condition.

Most of us have experienced the pain of a tension headache or migraine, or cramped muscles at some time. For most these conditions do not last long and are not significant enough to interrupt the normal flow of our lives. For some however, the pain is so intense, and so persistent that it controls them and their ability to function properly in life.

How to treat TMJ / TMD Brisbane, Caboolture, Morayfield

NO MORE HEADACHES!

There are two people in this world. The first sleeps well, feels relaxed and is ready to go on and have a full day. The second person wakes after tossing and turning through most of the night, their back and neck are stiff. Their ears are ringing and their hands and fingers at times feel numb. They cannot move too fast due to dizziness and their head is aching like it is in a vice.

If you feel like this second person, do not despair! There is hope! The symptoms you are feeling may be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction) the good news is that, at McCloy Dental, we have the qualified and experienced dentists that specialise in treating these conditions.

TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction is a condition that involves a range of symptoms. These may include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain and noise (e.g. clicking) in the jaw joint
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear pain/ congestion
  • Sinus congestion
  • Neck pain
  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Facial pain

This condition can affect people at any age and can become more prevalent as we age.

The treatment provided by McCloy Dental is individualised to each patient. We ensure your treatment is customised to suit your specific needs and symptoms. Our primary objectives are to develop a treatment aimed to make you more comfortable, reduce and even eliminate your pain and enable you to function and enjoy life once again.

What causes TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction?

Stress is the key contributor in the development of TMD/ TMJ. The external influence of anxiety results in clenched jaws and tight shoulders. By clenching your jaw you may be compressing jaw points. In which case the back jaw ligament will stretch and become inflamed. Your jaw disc may also become dislocated; resulting in a popping sound when you open your mouth widely (whilst talking, eating, yawning, etc). Women are also more likely to suffer TMD/ TMJ than men. TMD/ TMJ Treatment is given a strong emphasis within McCloy Dental. We have recognised the need for increased treatment and diagnosis of TMD/ TMJ conditions and aspire to help patients resolve and eliminate this disorder. At McCloy Dental we are committed to helping patients cope with this condition and regain their oral well-being.

What treatments are available?

Treatment for TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction is available for sufferers. TMD/ TMJ Treatment utilises the combined knowledge of the mouth, teeth, jaw, oral and facial tissues to resolve this condition. At McCloy Dental we provide several possible treatment methods for TMD/ TMJ. In most cases a plastic bite appliance is utilised. Created to the patient’s individual needs, this appliance can help the jaw muscle to relax. Through use of a bite appliance & if necessary orthodontic and or restorative treatment, symptoms of TMD/ TMJ can normally be eliminated. Deferment of treatment will result in further damage to the joint muscle and teeth. If you think you may suffer from TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction, please make an appointment with McCloy Dental as soon as possible. TMD/ TMJ Treatment is given a strong emphasis within McCloy Dental. We have recognised the need for increased treatment and diagnosis of TMD/ TMJ conditions and aspire to help patients resolve and eliminate this disorder. At McCloy Dental we are committed to helping patients cope with this condition and regain their well-being.