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You could have temporomandibular dysfunction or issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) if you suffer from constant headaches, jaw pain, dizziness or irritating headaches
Effective treatment is available through neuromuscular therapy. Painless and drug free, neuromuscular therapy can treat TMJ syndrome, freeing you of headaches, giving you a restful night’s sleep and a confident beautiful smile.
Is temporomandibular dysfunction - or TMD - a problem for you?
Clicking jaw joints is one of the most common signs of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). It is recognisable as problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and jaw movement.
A surprising 70 percent of people show signs of TMD and are pain free, so how do you know if TMJ is an issue for you? People with TMD usually present with one or a number of the following symptoms:
- Stress or tension headaches
- Jaw joint pain
- Ear congestion
- Neck pain
- Pain behind the eye
- Poor sleep.
Treatment for TMD
The Dental Boutique offers effective treatment solutions for TMD, however it’s essential an assessment is made prior to commencement of any other dental treatment. This is because treating a person with TMD demands a precise and different approach to dentistry.
Most treatment options focus on restoration of the joint by eliminating muscle spasms and restoring correct coordination. Options include:
- Wearing an oral appliance to prevent the jaws from grinding throughout the night.
- Neuromuscular therapy to relax the joint, and to restore and retrain the muscles back to primary function.
- Surgery, although this should only be considered as a last-resort.
As a specialist area of dentistry, only a minority of dentists is trained to diagnose and treat jaw joint dysfunction. We’re proud to say The Dental Boutique is home to one of Australia’s leading dentists in this specialty area, Dr Leanne Malisano.
Tinnitus - Did you know the monotonous noise of tinnitus may be an offset of TMD?
People suffering with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), jaw joint pain, jaw joint clicking, as well as those who grind at night (brux) may present with tinnitus. Although the tinnitus must be treated, the underlying cause should be investigated as part of a comprehensive oral health assessment.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a physical condition. It is experienced as ringing in the ears, or noise inside the head, when no such external noise is present. It is not a disease but a symptom that can result from a wide range of underlying causes.
How is tinnitus treated?
Although we recommend consultation with an ear, nose and throat specialist first, it’s best to follow up with a visit to a TMJ specialist to identify whether temporomandibular dysfunction is a factor.