TMJ and Bruxism Treatment
Do you wake up in the morning with headaches, sore jaw muscles or neck pain? Do you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth because of jaw pain? If your answer to either of these questions is yes, and this is impacting your daily life, you might have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
The TMJ is the joint where the jaw connects to the skull and enables you to open and close your mouth so you can chew, speak and eat. Just like any other joint in the body, it can become inflamed and painful. If the bite is off or if the jaw is malpositioned, this can lead to chronic joint pain.
Dr Robert Ayar can talk to you about possible solutions that can help eliminate the symptoms of TMD so you can be comfortable again. We invite you to call our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic to find out more about how you can get relief from this painful condition.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
People tend to use the term ‘TMJ’ to describe all symptoms and disorders involving this joint, but the condition itself is more correctly referred to as TMD.
Often a misaligned bite is the underlying cause of pain in the jaw joint, but other causes, including stress, tension and teeth grinding (bruxism) are often at the root of the condition.
What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
The symptoms of this disorder are different, depending on the patient. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Clenching and grinding of teeth
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Loss of hearing
- Limited jaw movement
- Difficulty chewing, yawning or opening the jaw widely
- Headaches or migraines with occasional nausea
- Stuck or locked jaw
Treatment for TMJ/TMD
People who have TMJ/TMD can have a wide variety of symptoms, so it isn’t always easy to come up with a solution. Dr Ayar can talk to you about options to successfully treat the painful effects of TMD in your situation. His goal with treatment is to help you live your life comfortably again by decreasing pain and improving mobility and jaw function. He will conduct an evaluation and recommend the least invasive therapy available.
If bruxism, or teeth grinding, is the reason you are having TMJ/TMD issues, Dr Ayar might recommend a nightguard or occlusal splint to wear while you sleep. Although neither appliance can stop the teeth clenching, they can minimise the damage and adverse effects of the unconscious habit.
Let Us Help You Get Relief from Chronic Pain
Living with the painful symptoms of TMJ/TMD can negatively impact all aspects of your life. We welcome your call to our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic where our skilled team will work with you to find a solution to your chronic pain.