What is TMJ disorder?

Do you have jaw pain or restricted mouth movements? How about a clicking noise when you’re chewing? You may be suffering from TMJ disorder. 

What is TMJ disorder? 

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and is associated with the dysfunction of the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. This dysfunction can have a significant impact on your life as it affects the joint that opens and closes your mouth and allows you to chew. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder? 

TMJ dysfunction can cause significant pain and lead to headaches and ear pain. You may experience the following symptoms: 

  • Pain in your jaw, especially when you’re eating. 
  • The jaw locking, making it difficult to open or close your mouth. 
  • Aching pain in front of your ear that spreads to your face. 
  • A clicking noise when you open your mouth or chew. 

During an examination your dentist can diagnose TMJ disorder. 

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What causes TMJ disorder? 

TMJ disorder can be caused by: 

  • physical injury
  • teeth grinding (bruxism) and teeth clenching
  • autoimmune diseases
  • arthritis
  • infections
  • dental surgery. 

TMJ Disorder can also be caused by various hormonal, genetic and environmental factors. 

How can your dentist help with TMJ disorder? 

If you suspect you have TMJ disorder, your dentist may be able to help. 

TMJ disorder – caused by teeth grinding:

At The Practice in South Brisbane, our dentists have years of experience helping people stop teeth grinding. We may take a few different approaches to help you stop teeth grinding, depending on your individual condition.

Some treatment options we recommend at The Practice include: 

  • Identifying the cause, so it can be removed (stress).
  • Dental exercises.
  • Muscle relaxant injections. 
  • Mouth guards and splints.
  • Sleep apnoea treatment.

In more serious cases, our dentists may need to refer you to a specialist. 

Visit The Practice – West end

To learn more about TMJ disorder, book an appointment at our South Brisbane dental practice online or call 07 3733 3223.

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