What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint.
It is a shorthand way of referring to dysfunction of the jaw joints and the muscles that control your lower jaw movements.
TMJ dysfunction is very common, and most people will experience it at some point in their lives.
It can be self-limiting but, in many patients, symptoms can persist and lead to progressive physical damage and degenerative changes in the joint.
This may also affect, and be affected by, their bite.
I have difficulty, pain, noise or locking when opening my mouth or chewing
Many people experience temporary jaw pain or locking at some point in their lives.
However, in some patients this can become a chronic problem that can cause a great deal of discomfort.
We can assess and diagnose and treat a whole range of temporomandibular joint disorders to alleviate pain, restore mobility and ensure a stable, comfortable bite.
I grind or clench my teeth
Patients who grind or clench their teeth over a long period of time can experience a variety of symptoms including headaches, jaw pain, progressive and uncontrolled tooth or dental work breakage, wear of teeth and dental restorations and disturbed sleep.
By diagnosing all the contributory factors we can successfully control and, in many cases, help eliminate the effects of grinding and clenching and the damage that these habits can do. Please contact us to see how we can help.
I get headaches or jaw muscle stiffness and cannot open my mouth properly
Headaches or jaw muscle stiffness can be a symptom of grinding or clenching of teeth or a bite imbalance.
We have a systematic method of assessing and diagnosing such problems and addressing the root causes to restore comfort.
Neck and back strain linked with TMJ dysfunction
Often, TMJ dysfunction can present with other injuries or symptoms including back strain or post-injury pain.
My teeth keep breaking or wearing down
Repeated breakage of teeth or advanced tooth wear are pathological processes that need to be controlled to prevent long-term damage.
We look at multiple factors that may be contributing, including tooth grinding (bruxism), acid erosion, bite imbalance and temporomandibular joint dysfunction to control destructive forces being applied to the teeth and to restore damage that has been inflicted in the past.