You may be experiencing TMJ syndrome.
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is a commonly diagnosed problem. Patients primarily experience pain in the part of the face where the jawbone is connected to the skull, affecting their ability to eat and speak at times.
When left untreated TMJ syndrome can progressively get worse, making it harder to treat and cause chronic migraines.
TMJ, short for Temporomandibular Joint, is the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. It plays a pivotal role in various activities like eating, speaking, and facial expressions.
When this joint malfunctions, it leads to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, often characterized by pain, discomfort, and a restricted range of motion.
Patients often experience pain and tenderness in the jaw area, especially when chewing or opening their mouth widely.
TMJ disorders can cause frequent headaches, often mistaken for tension or migraines.
Clicking or popping noises in the jaw joint during movement are common signs of TMJ dysfunction.
Discomfort can extend to the face, causing pain around the cheeks, ears, or temples.
In severe cases, the jaw may lock in an open or closed position, making it difficult to speak or eat.
Proper diagnosis is crucial for effective TMJ treatment. Our skilled dental professionals at Auckland Family Dental employ a comprehensive approach to identify TMJ disorders. This includes:
We start by conducting a thorough clinical examination, assessing your jaw's range of motion and any discomfort you may be experiencing.
In some cases, we may recommend X-rays or other imaging techniques to get a detailed view of your jaw joint and surrounding structures.
We'll discuss your dental history and any previous TMJ-related issues, as well as any habits that may contribute to your symptoms.
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Depending on the severity of the case, the dentist can treat the patient in several different methods.
Ranging from conservative TMJ treatment such as muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications to dental devices (braces or mouth-guards) and oral surgery, we provide a variety of treatment options for you.
In many cases, making simple lifestyle changes can significantly improve TMJ symptoms. Our experts will guide you on:
Diet: Recommending soft or easy-to-chew foods to reduce jawstrain.
Stress Management: Techniques to minimize teeth clenching and grinding, often linked to TMJ issues.
Physical therapy exercises can help improve jaw mobility and reduce pain. Our therapists will design a personalized plan to address your specific needs. This is a conservative TMJ treatment that can promote proper alignment and enhance overall jaw function.
Custom-fitted oral appliances, such as splints or nightguards, can alleviate TMJ symptoms by preventing teeth grinding and promoting proper jaw alignment.
In some cases, medications like pain relievers or muscle relaxants may be prescribed to manage pain and inflammation.
For severe TMJ cases that do not respond to conservative treatments, surgical options may be considered. Our experienced oral surgeons will discuss these options in detail if necessary.
It's important to remember that TMJ syndrome can be effectively managed and treated with the right care and attention.
If you're experiencing any symptoms or discomfort related to your jaw joint, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance and explore the available treatment options.
By taking proactive steps and making lifestyle adjustments, you can improve your quality of life and alleviate the challenges associated with TMJ syndrome.
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