TMD / TMJ Dysfunction
TMD or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) is a big word for a big condition.
Do you experience the pain of a tension headache, migraine, or cramped muscles at some time? Or you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea? For some, the pain is so intense, distracting, and so persistent that it controls them and their ability to function properly in life.
TREATMENTS FOR HEADACHES + SLEEP APNEA
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 experiencing may be as a result of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction). The good news is that, at McCloy Dental, we have the qualified and experienced dentists that effectively treat these and similar conditions.
TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction is a condition that involves a range of symptoms. These may include:
- Pain and noise (e.g. clicking) in the jaw joint
- 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 get older.
The treatment provided by McCloy Dental is individualised to each patient. We ensure your TMD/TMJ 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.
What treatments are available?
Treatment for TMD/ TMJ Dysfunction is available for those found to be suffering this condition. TMD/ TMJ Treatment utilises the combined knowledge of the mouth, teeth, jaw, oral and facial tissues. At McCloy Dental we provide several possible treatment methods for TMD/ TMJ. In many 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, and 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.