TMJ & Bruxism Treatment
Have you noticed your jaw feeling painful? Does it lock or click when you speak and eat? If so, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
TMJ disorder is a common oral health issue that affects around 20 per cent of Australian adults at some point in their lives. TMD has many different symptoms and causes, but if you notice any jaw joint pain, let your dentist know so we can conduct a full examination and determine if TMJ treatment is suitable for you.
Symptoms of TMD/TMJ
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints that connect the lower jaw to the upper jaw and the skull. This joint acts as a hinge instrumental in daily actions like eating chewing, speaking, yawning, or any function that requires opening your mouth. The joint itself is a complex maze of hard and soft tissues that aid the jaw in multi-directional movement.
TMD/TMJ symptoms may include:
- Jaw pain when you open your mouth
- Ear pain
- Clicking, grinding or popping noise
- Locking of the jaw joint
There are different reasons why TMD can occur, but no matter why the expert dental team at Be Well Dental can help you manage any pain or discomfort. We recommend that patients apply a cold compress over the inflamed area for up to 20 minutes and take anti-inflammatory pain medication. Eating soft foods can sidestep unnecessary pressure to the jaw joint, but the most important step is seeing your general dentist at Be Well Dental.
Dental pain and abnormalities are never normal. They are always signs of lurking, hidden oral health problems that will only worsen with time. If you ever notice that something feels off or painful, don't hesitate to give us a call. We can go over your condition together and determine if we should see you right away.
How We Treat TMD/TMJ
Depending on your individual case, you may experience any of the following treatments for your TMD/TMJ:
- Physical therapy
- Prescription pain killer
- Orthodontic treatment
- Muscle relaxants
- Injections to relax muscles
- Oral appliance
Treating Bruxism and TMJ
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can crack or break your teeth and wear down your enamel. Your bite can also misalign if it does not line up correctly and can put a lot of stress on your jaw joints, impacting how you bite down, chew, and speak.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) impacts adults and children alike. Many factors lead to bruxism, including certain medications, alcohol, coffee, smoking, sleep conditions, genetics and more.
If our knowledgable dental team spots bruxism symptoms, we will go over all your options to treat the problem and cease ongoing and further damage to your teeth and jaw.
Your First Step in Getting Treatment for Bruxism or TMJ/TMD
Treating Bruxism and TMJ
We encourage you to call Be Well Dental in Highgate Hill to arrange a booking so we can go over TMJ or bruxism, especially if you suspect your jaw joints are inflamed, or you grind your teeth in your sleep.