Do you suffer from jaw problems? What is TMD - Temporomandibular joint disorder?
TMD - Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the ‘chewing’ joint. It connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, known more commonly as TMD, occurs when there are difficulties with chewing or problems with the muscles and jaws in the face. There are many signs and symptoms of TMD:
- clicking, popping or grating noises as you chew or move your mouth
- muscle pain around the jaw
- pain in front of the ear that may spread to the cheek, ear and temple
- difficulty opening the mouth – the jaw may feel tight, as if it is stuck, making eating difficult
- headache or migraine
- earache or a "buzzing" or blocked sensation in the ear
- pain in other areas of the body – such as neckache or backache
Our dentist - Ritesh Mody has an interest in the management of Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint) disorders, and is one of the few dentists in the region to be able to provide appropriate splint therapy.
Teeth grinding and clenching
Night or daytime grinding can be common problems which can lead to tooth wear, headaches & disturbed sleep. Stress is often the cause, leading to jaw problems. We offer laboratory made night guards which if worn and used together with some simple jaw exercises can help with the symptoms of jaw pain and protect your teeth from damage which could be caused by strong grinding or clenching.