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TMJ – the temporomandibular joint is the area directly in front of each ear, that attach the lower jaw to the skull. It is responsible for the way your teeth meet when your jaws bite together.
Every day this joint is used to perform tasks like biting, chewing and talking. As you may imagine TMJ is one of the most frequently used joints of our body.
TMJ disorder can be caused if the teeth don’t fit together properly.
TMJ disorder is a common condition that causes clicking, popping of the jaw joint, pain over the joint that spreads into the face and sore and painful jaw muscles.
Pain and pressure behind the eyes,headaches and migraines as well as pain or ringing in the ears can also be symptoms. Sometimes people wake up with a stiff jaw and experience difficulty in opening.
TMJ syndrome is also associated with neck and shoulder pain.
TMJ disorder can be caused if the teeth don’t fit together properly. This produces increased work for the muscles resulting in tender muscles and pain.
Other signs of this syndrome are:
As the implications of ignoring these issues can be so severe, it is best to have your teeth and dental occlusion examined carefully.
Other factors include clenching or grinding of the teeth, which mainly occurs during the night and people suffering from this condition are often completely unaware of this.
At The Cullen Dental Practice we use T-scan and JVA analysis to help determine the level of care required. Our aim is to reduce the underlying causes and provide relief.
To relieve symptoms and allow the jaw to function correctly we may recommend that a night-guard is worn.
To resolve the symptoms of TMJ syndrome we may need to change the shape of some teeth, replace missing teeth with a denture or implants or even move teeth.
Stress is also linked, and stress relieving exercises are encouraged. A soft diet is recommended. Muscle massage and warm moist heat will help relieve pain. Long term use of painkillers and muscle relaxants is to be avoided but may be needed in the short term.
Our aim at The Cullen Dental Practice is to provide the very best treatment and advice for our patients.
We offer a comprehensive service for patients who require TMJ disorder treatment. Please contact us for a no obligation assessment.
To make an appointment please call 020 8788 2785.