TMJ – TMD TREATMENT TOOWOOMBA
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding hinge for our jaw, connecting the jaw bone to the skull. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Any dysfunctions can lead to chronic pain and discomfort, affecting the overall quality of your life. Anyone who suffers from diagnosed TMD (temporomandibular disorders) would understand the constant muscle pain which can make it difficult to concentrate on anything else. If you are suffering from undiagnosed chronic pain and headaches, TMD could be the issue.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TMD?
Symptoms vary. Some people will experience overwhelming pain within the jaw which requires treatment, while others may feel minor pain which they can manage on their own.
Signs you should be aware of:
- Jaw soreness
- Stiff neck
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle cramping
WHAT CAN I DO TO RELIEVE MY SYMPTOMS?
It is recommended you seek the advice of a dentist. Left untreated, you may begin to develop myofascial pain which would require additional solutions. Our highly trained dentists are experienced in examining and diagnosing jaw-related disorders. He or she will discuss TMD and its symptoms with you and determine the potential factors contributing to the condition.
Your dentist may offer stretching and specific exercises which can help relieve the symptoms of TMD. You might also benefit from muscle relaxant treatments or Myofunctional Therapy.
TMD might be caused by bite problems where teeth do not properly meet, causing your jaw to sit incorrectly. If this is the case, your dentist will examine your bite and adjust it if possible. If the issue is more complex, he or she will discuss other options such as Invisalign and orthodontic treatment. These options will align your teeth, improve your overall smile and treat TMD.