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TMD / TMJ

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TMD / TMJ

There is no single cure or treatment for TMD however there are a number of options which can significantly reduce the pain or discomfort that you are in.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull and acts as a sliding and translating hinge. The temporomandibular disorder (TMD) arises from problems with the jaw muscles or the joint itself. Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Saw neck / jaw
  • Restricted mouth opening
  • Jaw that gets stuck open or locked
  • Clicking / popping sound when opening mouth
  • Swollen jaw

TMD is often misdiagnosed by your GP and it is important to get the opinion of a dentist whenever experiencing symptoms such as those listed above. Some possible treatment options include wearing a splint at night to avoid grinding, corrective dental treatment to help balance the jaw or sometimes referral to an oral surgeon.

There is no single cure or treatment for TMD however there are a number of options which can significantly reduce the pain or discomfort that you are in. Your dentist may recommend attempting to reduce muscle spasm through applying heat to the area or taking medication. Muscle relaxants such as aspirin or others available from your chemist can be used.

Dental Splint or Mouth Guard

Reducing the harmful side effects of grinding or clenching at night can be achieved using a dental splint or mouth guard. These are custom made and slip tightly over your teeth and prevent damaged caused by grinding whilst you sleep. Ask your dentist for more detail.