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Designer Smiles
TMJ Specialist

TMD - Temporomandibular Dysfunction/Disorder)

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, a joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Appearing on both sides of your head, the joint allows easy movements of your jaw. It is because of this joint that a person can eat and speak freely.

There are many health problems that a person may experience relating to the jaw. Any TMJ disorders causing pain or restriction of the jaw movement are referred to as TMD or TMJD. Such disorders if left untreated can develop problems like fatigue and depression.

Causes of TMD

TMD can occur due to multiple reasons including:
  • Arthritis
  • Joint erosion
  • Habits like grinding of the teeth
  • Structural jaw problems since birth

No matter what the reason behind your TMJ disorder is, you can approach Designer Smiles to seek help. Our prosthodontist specialist Dr Sarkis Nalbandian is one of the renowned TMJ doctors in Sydney, providing expert services for years. Right from diagnosing the cause of your TMJ problem to finding a solution to help ease pain and discomfort, our specialist dentist can help you completely.

Diagnosing the Problem

TMJ disorders are difficult to diagnose. Our specialist will examine your jaw to check for any swelling or tenderness. To better understand the condition of your jaw, you may have to undergo X-rays, CT scans, and MRI. X-rays and CT scans make it easy for our specialist to see the bones and joint tissues, whereas an MRI can report problems with the jaw’s structure.

TMJ disorder Treatments

Treating TMJ disorders isn’t difficult. You will have to visit the clinic a few times and follow an easy home-care management program for treating your TMD. At times, simple self-care practises at home can also relieve the problem. Our dentist may suggest you to eat soft food, minimise jaw movements, apply ice in case of swelling, reduce stress, and do jaw-stretching exercises. If your problem is severe, he may prescribe short-term medications to relieve pain, swelling or relax the jaw muscle. If our expert feels you require physiotherapy or a mouth plate, you may be suggested the same.

Dr Sarkis Nalbandian believes in educating his patients on managing their condition. Making some simple lifestyle changes can reduce pain and discomfort to a great extent. If the problem is ignored initially, it may worsen and become difficult to treat. By offering simple home maintenance regiments, our TMJ specialist aims at making every patient their own doctor.

Get in Touch with Us for More Details

Want the best TMJ specialist in Sydney to treat your disorder? Get in touch with Designer Smiles and seek consultation from Dr Sarkis Nalbandian and his team. Call us on (02) 9953-4189 or fill in the form below to fix an appointment or discuss your concerns.