What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder) is a dental problem that isn’t spoken about very often. However, we feel it is important that our patients know about the disorder, and the symptoms to look out for. 

What is the Temporomandibular Joint?

Better known as the ‘TMJ’, it is the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaw. It is one of the most complex joints in the whole body and is responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side. 

What causes TMJ Disorder?

The onset of this disorder can come from a variety of factors. When the joint suffers from any trauma, it can become damaged and inflamed. Injuries to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth, teeth grinding, stress, arthritis and even poor posture can lead to you suffering from TMJ disorder. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

There are many symptoms to look out for that can be a sign that you are suffering from TMJ disorder. It is important to speak to your dentist if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain or pressure behind the eyes
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Pain when yawning or chewing
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • A sudden change in the way your upper and lower teeth close together

How can TMJ Disorder be treated? 

Unfortunately, there is no complete cure for TMJ disorder. However, with appropriate treatments, your pain and discomfort can be kept under control. Your dentist will be able to assess which factor is causing your TMJ problems and put together a plan of how to reduce your symptoms. Treatments can include:

  • Applying moist heat packs
  • Taking muscle relaxant medication and other pain relief
  • Wearing a bite plate while you sleep
  • Learning relaxation techniques

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, our dentists are experts in identifying symptoms of TMJ disorder and will be able to put together a treatment plan unique for you. 

To book an appointment with us, please call us on 01978 757 409