TMJ Dysfunction is a common oral problem which is often ignored or remains undiagnosed for long periods of time. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw with the skull. We use this joint on a daily basis to perform functions such as chewing, swallowing, talking, yawning, coughing, breathing and sneezing. As a result, a problem within this joint can cause significant side effects and affects your quality of life resulting in pain, discomfort and fatigue. Some of the symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction include:
- Sore or stiff muscles around the jaw and ears
- Increased pain while clenching your teeth
- Grinding or clenching your teeth (including while you sleep)
- Frequent or recurrent head or neck aches
- Clicking, popping, grating, catching or locking of the jaws upon opening or closing your mouth
- Teeth which no longer touch when you bite
- Increased clenching when you are stressed
- Pain or difficulty when opening your mouth
- Difficulty using your front teeth to bite or tear food
If you regularly experience the above symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ Dysfunction. The severity of symptoms can vary greatly between individuals, and subsequently, each case is examined and treated individually. Treatments may include wearing a splint, plate or fixture either during the day or at night time in order to realign the jaw.
If you experience any of the above symptoms or suffer from discomfort contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation and assessment.