When we experience sore jaws, we immediately suspect the dreaded toothache! But this may not be the case…
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) refers to pain and dysfunction as a result of a problem with the jaw, jaw joint and/ or surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and jaw movement.
About 60–70 per cent of the general population harbour at least one sign of a TMD .
TMD results in a large range of symptoms that vary for each individual and can include:
The exact cause of TMD is complex and remains largely unresolved. Stress, trauma or poor jaw alignment are often considered as exacerbating factors rather than the original cause of TMD.
What can worsen TMD?
While no single treatment has proved universally effective for all patients, our aim is to treat patients holistically.
We suggest first, patients try simple steps that may aid in alleviating symptoms.
Where the above recommendations are not effective, current treatment options include:
In some more extreme cases, we may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth, undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct a poorly aligned jaw or even jaw surgery.
If you suspect you have TMD or would like more information, call (03) 93333 6403 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, our friendly team are here to answer any of your questions.