TMJ Treatment

TMJ disorders affect 7 out of 10 at some time in their life. While only 1 in 4 people are aware or report symptoms to their dentist or medical practitioner.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a caused by problems with the functioning of the temporomandibular joint where your cheekbone and your jaw connect.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

Symptoms of TMD may be difficult to identify as they often involve seemingly unrelated party of the body however the main symptoms include:

  • Facial pain and tenderness
  • Pain in the jaw (especially the joint area)
  • Neck, shoulder and ear pain when you chew or speak
  • Jaw locking or clicking when you open your mouth wide e.g. when yawning

What causes TMD?

The most common cause of TMD is malocclusion which is a misalignment of the jaw presenting as an overbite, underbite or crossbite.

What causes TMJ disorder?

  • Missing Teeth
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Wrongly shaped dental fillings, crown or bridges
  • Modern Diet- Not enough hard chewy foods
  • Misaligned teeth

Untreated TMJ

The possible outcomes if TMJ disorders are not addressed, include:

  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locked Jaw
  • Temporalis Headaches, Migraines
  • Pain when chewing, yawning or opening jaw widely
  • Pain in or around the ears and cheeks
  • Earaches, loss of hearing or ringing in ears
  • Face, neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Toothache
  • Clenching and Grinding Teeth
  • Further degeneration on the jaw joint

Who diagnoses TMJ disorder?

A physician and a range of medical specialists can correctly diagnose TMJ including your dentist, prosthodontist (prosthetic dentist), a maxillofacial specialist and an ENT specialist.

The experienced team at Lake View Dental on the Sunshine Coast can correctly diagnose TMJ disorder and are well equipped in order to treat the condition.

How to fix TMJ disorder?

The duration and type of treatment for TMJ may vary. However dental splints, mouthguards and prosthodontics have been found to be among the most effective treatments. Other treatments include:

  • Symptomatic treatment with pain killers, physiotherapy, chiropractor and osteopath and splints
  • Treatment to put the jaws in the right physiological position.