What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is a hinge that connects your jaw with the temporal bones of your skull. It allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can speak and chew.
TMJ Disorder (or TMD) occurs when issues with your jaw and facial muscles cause symptoms such as jaw pain, ringing in the ears and headaches. Left untreated, the condition can lead to changes in gum tissue, chronic pain, loose teeth and bone loss.
Typically caused by misalignment of the jaw and/or teeth, other factors that may contribute to the disorder include airway issues, skull shape, genetics and trauma or injury to the jaw.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Our dentists in Victoria can test for, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for TMJ Disorder.
Treatment may include wearing a mouth guard for sleep to prevent grinding or clenching.
Your dentist may also recommend physical therapy, relaxation techniques, or a TENS machine (an electrical stimulus device) to encourage the jaw and facial muscles to relax.
In some circumstances, orthodontic treatment may be required to correct underlying misalignment issues. Our dentists can work with you to create a treatment plan based on your specific requirements.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
TMJ Disorder can cause a host of painful symptoms because your compromised jaw muscles have to work extra hard to do their job. Common symptoms include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Teeth grinding (usually during sleep)
- Jaw, face and/or neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact us for a proper diagnosis from a dentist.