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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a moving or sliding joint that joins your jaw to your skull, allowing chewing and speaking. If the TMJ does not function correctly, it is called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). TMD is a painful condition, but fortunately, TCare Dental Centre can provide therapy.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Symptoms

If you have TMD, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • $Jaw pain
  • $Earaches
  • $Tooth pain
  • $Headaches
  • $Locking jaw
  • $Sinus issues
  • $Neck and shoulder pain
  • $Painful chewing or yawning
  • $Clicking noise in the jaw joint
In the early stages, symptoms can be subtle, but without treatment, the pain and indicators will likely increase, which can lessen your quality of life.

Your dentist examines your teeth and gums for signs of TMD. This includes x-rays to look at your jaw’s alignment and your TMJ’s condition. Your dentist will discuss all findings with you before plotting a therapy. In some cases, therapy means consulting with other experts to create a comprehensive treatment plan unique to your specific symptoms or diagnosis.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Causes

Causes of TMD may include:

  • $injury
  • $Stress
  • $Bruxism
  • $Arthritis
  • $Jaw misalignment
  • $Anatomical issues

Bruxism means you grind your teeth and clench. Because this happens during sleep, many patients are not aware that they have bruxism. But your Campsie dentist can spot the signs during a routine dental check-up.

For your part, you may notice some of the same symptoms associated with TMD as with bruxism. You wake up with a headache, sore jaws, and neck pain. With bruxism, you may also notice worn teeth. As time passes, you may note an increase in cavities or tooth fractures.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Treatment in TCare Dental Centre

We use an occlusal splint, medication, and physiotherapy to get you started. We aim to reverse your symptoms and relieve your pain as soon as possible.

An occlusal splint or nightguard keeps your jaws gently separated during sleep, which prevents grinding and clenching and encourages your jaw to sit at rest or in an easier more natural position.

Your dentist may recommend a soft diet until your symptoms subside as well.

Other possible strategies include: