So, when your dentist says they can fix your “TMJ” using special plate, or magical solutions – it’s not true! Get a second opinion. There are too many salespeople out there and frankly I find it’s disheartening to see unfortunate patients presenting with unnecessary treatments with ridiculous costs to “fix their TMJ”.
As a specialist, I educate our patients how to manage their condition and, in many ways, we get a reduction of pain and discomfort so our patients can resume their normal quality of life. If the pain persists for more than 30 days it can become chromic and more difficult to treat. It can also amplify in intensity and spread. The aim is therefore to act quickly, reduce pain to manageable levels and make you, the patient, become your own doctor! Reducing costs using simple home maintenance regiments.
Treatment of TMD involves not only physical assessment but also, if you are stressed and have high anxiety, we need to reduce your stress levels so healing can occur at physical and emotional level. Therefore, treatment may be multimodal in nature where consultation with medical colleague may be required, or even simple counselling. Reducing your stress level (whatever it may be) allows reduction in microtrauma in muscles, nerves and joints to allow healing.
Referred pain: this can be referred to orofacial region, or from the orofacial region to other parts of the body such as neck pain, jaw pain or tension headaches.
The limitation of jaw opening and clicking with, or without associate pain requires careful assessment. Therefore, you need a specialist consultation. If jaw pain is disturbing your sleep, interfering with daily life – such as making it difficult to eat or concentrate, giving you aches and pains in other parts of your body and generally making life a misery, you could have a TMD disorder.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is like a hinge that joins the jawbone to the skull and should slide smoothly when the mouth opens and shuts. There are a number of reasons painful TM Joint movement disorder can occur, including injury, arthritis, clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism) or wear and tear on the joint. Sometimes there’s no obvious reason.