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TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint (or TMJ) Syndrome is becoming a more commonly diagnosed problem, of which the primary symptom is pain emanating from the part of the face where the jawbone is connected to the skull. The reasons for a significant increase in the number of TMJ patients is unclear, although medical professionals believe a rapidly changing environment and greater awareness of the syndrome are possible contributing factors.

Depending on the type and severity of the condition, there are several methods that dentists and oral surgeons can use to treat or limit the effects of TMJ Syndrome, ranging from anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxants to dental devices (orthodontic braces or mouthguards) and even oral surgery.

If you think you may be experiencing TMJ-like symptoms or need treatment for the condition, we can help you to set up an appointment with one of our highly experienced dentists. Just give our friendly receptionist a call at (02) 9232 3900.

People who suffer from TMJ disorders may experience the following symptoms:

  • Chronic jaw or neck pain
  • Persistent headaches or earaches
  • Clicking or popping sounds upon opening and closing the jaw
  • Regular headaches on waking

Although the direct cause of TMJ is uncertain, certain factors are known to contribute, including: stress, misaligned bites, teeth grinding and hormonal fluctuations in women.

At Sydney CBD Dental, our team has experience in diagnosing TMJ disorders and customising a treatment plan that addresses the individual symptoms of our patients.

  • Some TMJ remedies offered at our practice include:
  • Replacing missing teeth with prosthetics
  • Wearing orthodontic braces
  • Wearing a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding/clenching during sleep
  • Meditating to reduce and manage stress
  • Prescribing a muscle relaxant
  • Oral surgery

  • Q: How can I determine whether I need treatment for TMJ Syndrome?

    Although there are some symptoms that you should be looking for – like difficulty with chewing, a clicking sound when opening your mouth or jaw pains – only a dentist can carry out a proper diagnosis to determine whether you have TMJ Syndrome for certain. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned on this page, please give us a call for an evaluation and proper diagnosis.

  • Q: If I have a clicking jaw, does that mean I have TMJ Syndrome?

    You may have recently discovered a clicking sound in your jaw when you open your mouth. You may have ignored it as something that would go away but it hasn’t – in fact, many have put up with this issue for years. If accompanied by other symptoms – like neck pains, headaches and one-sided jaw pains – the clicking jaw may indicate a serious health condition. It may also be the result of habitual clenching of teeth (especially during sleep), injury or abuse of one’s teeth (i.e. open bottle caps, excessive biting forces).

    Although having a clicking jaw is one of the most telling symptoms that you may be suffering from TMJ Syndrome, it is by no means conclusive evidence. In fact, it is actually quite normal if the popping sound occurs infrequently. However, if it happens regularly and produces any amount of discomfort, it is better to consult a qualified professional for expert advice.

  • Q: What is the difference between TMJ, TMJ Syndrome and TMD?

    The Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ for short, refers to the physical joint that connects the skull and the lower jaw. Although the term “TMJ” is sometimes used interchangeably with “TMJ Syndrome”, they are in fact not the same thing. However, TMJ Syndrome and TMJ Disease (TMD) both refer to the medical condition that impairs the connection of the mandible jaw to the skull.

  • Q: What can I do to help relieve jaw pains?

    For short-term relief of jaw pains or the pressure you feel in the jaw joints, you may apply a heated or iced towel against the area of your face where the jaw joints are. NOTE: Make sure you test the temperature of the towel with your hand before applying it. While holding the towel to the side of your face, gently open and close your mouth. Be very gentle in your movements so as not to strain the jaw in any way.

    If the jaw pain is bothering you, then perhaps it’s time to see a qualified professional who is able to diagnose the issue, and if necessary, recommend a suitable treatment. It is important to note that with TMJ problems, improvement takes time. Although there are no overnight cures, a proper evaluation and treatment can relieve your symptoms and put you on the road to full recovery.

Contact our expert team today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to assessing your jaw and discussing possible treatments to eliminate discomfort.

To find out about our full range of TMJ treatment options, please contact Sydney CBD Dental at (02) 9232 3900.

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