TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder

Symptoms and Treatment of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a common and often uncomfortable condition that leads to various symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty in opening and closing the mouth, and even headaches.

Treatment of TMJ disorder offers a range of advantages, such as alleviating jaw pain and discomfort, enhancing speaking and chewing abilities, minimising headaches and earaches. Our dedicated team at GWH Dental provides tailored care to alleviate discomfort and enhance the quality of life for individuals dealing with TMJ disorder.


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FAQS About TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. It can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, facial pain, headaches, and earaches.
TMJ disorder can be caused by various factors, including jaw injury, arthritis, teeth grinding (bruxism), misaligned bite, stress, or excessive gum chewing.
Diagnosing TMJ disorder involves a thorough examination of the jaw joint, bite, and surrounding muscles. X-rays, CT scans, or MRI may be used to assess the joint’s condition and rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.
In some cases, mild TMJ disorder symptoms may improve or resolve on their own with self-care and conservative treatments. However, more severe or chronic cases may require professional intervention.
Treatment options for TMJ disorder may include self-care measures (rest, ice, avoiding hard foods), dental splints or mouthguards, physical therapy, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and in severe cases, surgery.
Yes, stress can exacerbate TMJ disorder symptoms. Clenching the jaw or grinding teeth, which often occur due to stress, can put additional strain on the temporomandibular joint.
Making lifestyle changes like avoiding hard or chewy foods, practising relaxation techniques to reduce stress, and avoiding habits like gum chewing or nail-biting can help manage TMJ disorder symptoms.
TMJ disorder can cause referred pain, which means the pain originating from the jaw joint may be felt in other areas like the face, neck, shoulders, and ears.
While some causes of TMJ disorder may not be preventable, maintaining good posture, avoiding excessive gum chewing and teeth grinding, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of developing TMJ disorder.

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