Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
TMJ Treatment in Fairfield NSW
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be associated with headaches, neck, shoulder, jaw and ear pain and even tinnitus
What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction or disorder relates to a number of health issues resulting from a misalignment of the jaw joint.
Nearly 70% of people will appear to have some form of TMJ Dysfunction. However, only 5-12% will have any related medical symptoms serious enough to require treatment. TMJ is officially known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) but most refer to it as just TMJ.
What Are The Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction?
A range of symptoms are triggered by a misalignment of the TMJ. Some may be minor but other serious issues may develop which can disrupt day everyday life and become unbearable such as:
- Headaches — Tension headaches that feel like a throbbing sensation in a ring around the head, like wearing a hat a few sizes too small. These can sometimes be mistaken for migraines
- Clicking jaw — A clicking, popping or snapping sound in the jaw joint almost always accompanies TMJ Dysfunction
- Jaw or ear pain — Sustained and severe pain in the jaw or ear can often related to an issue with the TMJ being misaligned
- Neck and Shoulder pain — An incorrect bite (either under bite or overbite) can cause abnormalities in the jaws position with the skull. The jaw is then twisted into a strained position that triggers pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back
- Tinnitus — Ringing in the ears can often caused by a strained bite due to a misalignment of the jaw. Tinnitus is often misdiagnosed and is frequently treated ineffectively or not at all. If you suffer from tinnitus it is worth ruling out TMJ dysfunction as the cause
What Are The Causes of TMJ Dysfunction?
- Stress — tense muscles in the neck and jaw brought on by stress can cause the TMJ to become misaligned and lead to dysfunction
- A blow to the jaw — a trauma to the jaw area can knock the TMJ out of alignment
- Incorrect bite — an incorrect bite (known as malocclusion)
- Grinding teeth — Excessive grinding of teeth creates constantly tense jaw muscles which can disrupt the TMJ
Are you suffering from TMJ symptoms? Get a professional diagnosis with our experienced dentists to begin treatment towards TMJ pain relief.
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