Dentistry on George

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment

Are you suffering from headaches, teeth grinding or jaw tension? You might have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. As dentists, we are experts in all parts of your oral health, including the jaw. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a diagnosis and treatment.

What is TMD or TMJ Disorder?

TMD or TMJ Disorder is a collection of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles. There are many symptoms, most common being pain.

What is the TMJ?

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a hinge joint connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to your upper jaw on the temporal part of the base of your skull. It plays an important role in eating, speaking and drinking.

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Signs and symptoms of TMD

It can be difficult to identify TMD as the cause of your problems on your own. As dentists, we’re experts in all aspects of your oral health, including the jaw. If you have any concerns or suspect you might suffer from TMD, don’t hesitate to get a diagnosis.

Besides pain, signs and symptoms of TMJ Disorder include:

  • Earache
  • Headache, especially around the back of head and temporals
  • Pain in your neck and/or top of shoulders
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Cracking, popping, clicking and abnormal movements on opening or closing your mouth

What causes TMD?

The causes of TMD are multifactorial, and can include:

  • Grinding, and clenching of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress, and anxiety
  • Injury to the joint
  • Arthritis and other inflammatory muscle disorders

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Bruxism

Bruxism is the name for excessive jaw clenching and/or teeth grinding. The grinding and clenching can happen both during sleep and wakefulness. It can lead to severe wear, and in some cases, fracture and eventual loss of teeth.

Possible Causes of Bruxism:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Recreational drugs
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders such as apnoea

How we can help with bruxism or teeth grinding

Our team can help with Bruxism by conducting a comprehensive oral health assessment. This includes checking your jaw joints, the muscles surrounding them and how your teeth bite together.

Following the assessment, we may recommend an occlusal splint (mouthguard) to protect your teeth. If so, we’ll take accurate impressions of your teeth to make a precise fitting splint. The occlusal splint primarily protects your teeth from further damage, but it may also help relax your tense jaw muscles.

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We strive for excellence in both our dental care results and customer service. Our team takes the time to listen to your questions and worries, making sure you’re comfortable throughout your appointment. We want to see every client leave our clinic with a smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tooth grinding is not fully understood and unfortunately, there is no proven way to stop it. Treatment involves managing the symptoms and protecting the teeth. This can include conservative management such as pain relief, physiotherapy and occlusal splints (mouthguards). In cases where sleep problems are thought to coexist, a referral to a sleep specialist may be indicated. A consultation with the dentist is strongly advised, but it’s likely the treatment will be holistic.

It’s likely the treatment will be holistic in nature, so it will vary in cost, duration and complexity. Our prices are based on the Australian Dental Association’s average fee guide, but they also reflect the high quality of our work. We’re always upfront about the pricing of your entire treatment before starting.

Studies have shown that seeing a well-trained physiotherapist along with wearing an occlusal splint can help reduce or even stop bruxism. We work alongside some of the best jaw, head and neck physiotherapists in Brisbane to get the best help for you. In cases where sleep problems are thought to coexist, we may refer you to a sleep specialist.

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