TMJ

TMJ at Melton

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, or the hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. Unfortunately, this joint is susceptible to many dysfunctions due to high use, trauma and other reasons and can lead to pain not only in your jaw, but a pain in the head, ear, neck, face and teeth. Fortunately, our dentists and staff are experienced with TMJ Dysfunction and have many diagnostic tools to help find the source of your pain along with the appropriate treatment.

TMJ at Melton

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, or the hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. Unfortunately, this joint is susceptible to many dysfunctions due to high use, trauma and other reasons and can lead to pain not only in your jaw, but a pain in the head, ear, neck, face and teeth. Fortunately, our dentists and staff are experienced with TMJ Dysfunction and have many diagnostic tools to help find the source of your pain along with the appropriate treatment.

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction at Melton–Melton Dental House

TMJ Dysfunction refers to pain or discomfort in the jaw hinge and surrounding area and may be due to genetics, trauma or other issues that commonly take place. It is here that the bones of the jaw and skull connect to each other with a series of ligaments, tendons and muscles that work together for jaw movement. Problems with any of these parts can lead to temporomandibular dysfunction or TMD for short.

Dysfunction of the TMJ results in pain that may either be spastic, short bursts of pain, or chronic pain that interferes with daily functions like talking and chewing. The pain may radiate throughout the muscles or bones of the jaw or face and sometimes cause a clicking noise from the joint itself. In some cases, patients may feel like they have an ear infection or teeth issues when pain radiates to these areas, and headaches from an unknown source may be traced back to TMD.

TMJ Dysfunction

 

TMJ Dysfunction refers to pain or discomfort in the jaw hinge and surrounding area and may be due to genetics, trauma or other issues that commonly take place. It is here that the bones of the jaw and skull connect to each other with a series of ligaments, tendons and muscles that work together for jaw movement. Problems with any of these parts can lead to temporomandibular dysfunction or TMD for short.

Dysfunction of the TMJ results in pain that may either be spastic, short bursts of pain, or chronic pain that interferes with daily functions like talking and chewing. The pain may radiate throughout the muscles or bones of the jaw or face and sometimes cause a clicking noise from the joint itself. In some cases, patients may feel like they have an ear infection or teeth issues when pain radiates to these areas, and headaches from an unknown source may be traced back to TMD.

TMJ Dysfunction at Melton–Melton Dental House

TMD Symptoms

As mentioned, the temporomandibular joint involves an extensive connection of muscles, tendons and bones that can dysfunction and lead to pain. The face and sinus area may also suffer from certain issues with the TMJ and if left untreated can lead to infections and other issues.

Our dentists at Melton Dental are skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ Dysfunction and can help if you are having pain. The following are some of the symptoms to watch for that may indicate if you are having problems with TMD:

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Clicking sound in the jaw
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Headaches for an unknown reason
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Dizziness
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Pain in the temple
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Facial pain
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Chronic sinus problems
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Facial swelling
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Popping sound in the ears
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Tinnitus or ear ringing
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Discomfort or pain while chewing
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Earaches or ear pain
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Joint jaw locking up
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Pain and stiffness in the muscles around the joint that may radiate down the side of the neck
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Grating sound from jaw area with movement
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A sudden feeling that the jaw goes out of joint

If you experience any of these issues, first try over-the-counter pain medications, an ice pack applied to the area or both. Then give us a call to schedule a dental exam and we can get to the source of your problem. Our dentists will work with you to find the appropriate solution and help relieve your pain and discomfort.

TMJ Dysfunction Causes

Each patient is unique and so the reason behind your TMJ pain is also unique. For some, it may be muscle spasms caused by stress or misalignment while in others it may be due to trauma such as an accident. Some common reasons for TMD include the following:
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Misalignment of the jawbone
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Clenching of the teeth
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Teeth grinding or bruxism
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Stress
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Arthritis
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Injury, trauma or blow to the face or head
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Inflammation in the jawbone or TMJ area
Unfortunately, women from ages 20-40 years old are more affected by this issue than most others. Pain from TMD may take place while chewing, talking or any movement of the mouth, and can lead to further issues due to inflammation if left untreated. We know that TMD can be a great source of discomfort and pain and our skilled and experienced dentists are ready to help.
 

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TMD Treatment at Melton

If you have pain or discomfort in the TMJ or facial area, we will first do a full exam so we can diagnose the source of the problem, which will lead us to the best treatment. The following are some of the steps we may take:
We will do an initial exam with a full set of x-rays and any other tools that we need for a complete evaluation
The dentist will observe and measure the movement of your jawbone position
You may be referred for an MRI if joint issues are revealed
A full health history will be done to determine any contributing factors
There are many ways that TMD may be resolved and an initial exam will help us find the right treatment for you. Diagnostic tools help us learn why you are having pain and, in some cases, it may be managed with the right stress reduction techniques. Other patients may benefit from dental crown adjustments or a Botox injection to relax the nerves. We will discuss all options with you, and together we can make an informed decision on the best treatment for your situation.
 

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Michael D.

Great dental practice. Fong is a very experience dentist acquiring all my dental needs and the nurse emily helped my dentist experience a comfortable one. Highly recommend them.

Michael D.

Treatments for TMD at Melton Dental

Our dental professionals will complete a full dental examination and evaluation before we make a customised treatment plan. However, the following are some common treatments used for TMD or TMJ Dysfunction:
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Stress reduction techniques
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Over-the-counter pain medication to help reduce inflammation and pain
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Mouthguard for teeth grinding or bruxism

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Teeth reshaping for a more comfortable bite
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Adjustments to dental crowns or bridges to improve bite
Treating TMD is important to prevent future dental problems and pain. A misaligned jaw or improper bite can lead to problems such as early tooth wear, cracked teeth, or broken teeth, if left untreated. Bruxism can promote cavities by wearing down tooth enamel and cause loose teeth, as well as being a source of TMD pain. Our team is experienced with TMJ dysfunction and can help bring your relief.

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Call Today and Get Relief

 

If you suspect or know you have TMJ dysfunction, call today and schedule an appointment with us. We will find the source of your problem and begin treatment so you can live more comfortably and without TMD pain.

Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.

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