TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction or 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 the ability to function properly in life.

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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 can not move too fast due to dizziness. Their head is aching and it feels 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 there is treatment that may help you!

TMJ Dysfunction  is a condition that involves a range of symptoms. These may include –

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain and noise 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, from childhood onwards, though it becomes more prevalent as we age.

The treatment we give is individualised to each patient. Everyone is an individual and so their treatment is customised to suit their needs, and symptoms. At the end of the day your treatment will be aimed to make you more comfortable to enable you to function and enjoy life once again.

 

What causes TMJ Dysfunction?

Stress is the key contributor in the development of 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 TMJ than men. TMJ Treatment is given a strong emphasis within McCloy Dental. We have recognised the need for increased treatment and diagnosis of 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 TMJ Dysfunction is available for sufferers. 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 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 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 TMJ Dysfunction, please make an appointment with McCloy Dental as soon as possible. TMJ Treatment is given a strong emphasis within McCloy Dental. We have recognised the need for increased treatment and diagnosis of 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.