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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a ‘sliding’ joint or hinge that connects the mandible or lower jaw bone to the temporal bone that forms part of the side and base of the skull. It’s these flexible joints that enable us to speak, chew, and yawn.
A TMJ disorder (TMD) is when the hinges are not functioning as they should and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, we provide safe and effective treatment for TMJ disorders at our Parkdale, Vic dental clinic and will soon have you feeling better.
What are the symptoms of TMD/TMD Disorder?
TMD is made up of various clinical conditions that are all associated with the temporomandibular joint and/or the adjoining facial muscles. Common symptoms include:
Pain in the TMJ or surrounding facial muscles
Patients with TMJ disorders in Parkland often find that their jaw movement is limited and may also experience painful popping, clicking or grating in the jaw joint when they open or close their mouth.
What causes TMD?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single explanation for the cause of TMD. Multiple factors can be attributed to muscle tightness and problems with the jaw and joints. Possible reasons that can influence TMD include:
Stress and anxiety
Injury to the TMJ or the surrounding nerves and muscles
Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Sleep disorders (link to sleep apnoea page)
Arthritis in the TMJ
Don’t Suffer In Silence – We’re Here To Help
If you think you may be suffering from TMD why not schedule an appointment with the experienced team at Synergy Dental Group.
Once we’ve got to the root of your problem we can discuss your best options for TMJ disorders treatment at our Parkdale practice.
We also welcome patients from neighbouring Melbourne suburbs including Dingley Village, Aspendale and Aspendale Gardens.
Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ/TMD
What are the treatment options for TMJ disorders? Our Parkdale dentists provide several treatment options including:
Assessment of your bite to align the teeth and correct the bite
Occlusal splint or night guards to protect teeth from clenching and grinding
Massage and TMJ exercises
Pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication
Depending on your situation, the treatment may comprise of one or a combination of the above options.
Does TMD require surgery?
Surgery is only ever a last resort when all other conservative options have failed to alleviate or manage your symptoms.
How can I get pain relief from my TMJ symptoms until I can get to see my dentist?
There are a few dietary changes you can put into effect such as eating softer food that is easier to chew and avoiding foods such as burgers in a bun that call for a wide-open bite. An ice pack on the painful area used for just 15 minutes a time may also offer pain relief.
How is TMD diagnosed?
While diagnosing TMD can be difficult, we can usually identify the source of the problem by reviewing a patient’s medical history alongside a physical examination and 3D imaging when required.
Why does bruxism (teeth grinding) cause TMD?
Teeth grinding and clenching puts pressure on the muscles, tissues and structures that support the jaw causing pain and dysfunction