UNDERSTANDING TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS (TMD)
TMD Treatment Cheltenham
Finding it difficult to open and close your mouth? Feeling pain around the jaw? Headaches and stiff neck, swelling and clicking or popping sound while opening and closing the mouth?
Chances are that you are suffering from a temporomandibular disorder.
TMJ disorders affect the jaw joint and muscles that control the jaw. They can be hard to diagnose and treat because of how complex this joint is.
Causes of TMJ Disorders
There are many possible causes of TMJ disorders.
Some known causes include:
- physical injury
- grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep
- autoimmune diseases
- dental surgery
It is recommended that a dentist is consulted first so as to rule out most of the causes and also to make sure that, it is not affecting the health of the teeth.
In some cases, your Cheltenham dentist may want one to take X-rays and more chronic cases MRI for proper diagnosis. Treatments can range from basic medications to joint surgery.
For the meantime, we may recommend a splint or night guard to protect the teeth. If you are struggling with any of the conditions, please come in and have a chat to our dentists.
They will be more than happy to provide you most appropriate solutions.
TMD Treatment in Cheltenham
If your jaw is causing you extreme pain, whether chronic or after an injury, see your Cheltenham dentist. We can assess the underlying cause of the pain and work with you to find relief.
We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMJ?
What causes TMD?
Arthritis, bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching) or neck conditions may also be responsible.
TMD is a chronic, degenerative condition that must be treated immediately and over time.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
- Pain or tenderness of the ear, jaw, jaw joints and face muscles
- Temple pain
- Throat pain
- Pain with opening the jaw
- Pain with chewing
- Neck, shoulder, back and arm pain
- A ‘locking’ sensation of the joint
- Clicking, popping and grating noises