Planning Dental Treatment? Screen for TMD First.
It’s important that your dentist screens for temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) before starting any dental treatments.
Clicking jaw joints are one of the most common signs of the dysfunction as well as problems with the jaw, joints and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and movement.
As many as 70% of people have signs of TMD but are pain-free, so always let your dentist know prior to your consultation.
Not screening for TMD prior to any dental treatments can lead to more debilitating symptoms, such as jaw joint pain, headaches, ear congestion, dizziness, tinnitus, neck pain, pain behind the eye, and may reduce your ability to sleep well.
Dentistry for Those with TMD
Many symptoms of TMD can arise or be aggravated after a dental clean, general dentistry or porcelain veneers are applied because it was not diagnosed prior to or during the appointment.
Treating patients with TMD requires a precise and different approach to dental treatments, and since only a minority of dentists are trained to diagnose and treat jaw joint dysfunction, it’s crucial to consult with a specialist first.
There is a wide range of symptoms so it can be hard to self-diagnose.
Consult with a dentist who has specific training in TMD prior to having any dental work completed, if you have any of these signs:
- Limitation of jaw opening
- Noisy jaw joint
- Clenching habit
- Jaw clicking
- Tooth grinding
- Deviation of jaw opening
Effective treatment for TMD is available through drug-free and painless neuromuscular therapy, which involves manual massage to relieve pain and symptoms.
The application of ischemic pressure to trigger points in the jaw muscles can reduce stress and relax the jaw for much-needed relief.
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At The Dental Boutique, we know you value excellence and premium care in a comprehensive range of general, cosmetic and specialist dentistry services.
We specialise in diagnosing and treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction with a range of therapies to give you a restful night’s sleep and a confident smile.
Discover excellence in everything we do by calling us on 07 5591 2262 or contacting us online and one of our friendly, professional team members will connect with you to discuss your dental challenges and goals.