At Duncraig Dental Care we can help treat your jaw related dental issues to help ensure you comfort and overall wellbeing
Often we treat patients who have been unknowingly struggling with TMJ Dysfunction and jaw pain. If you are worried about your jaw you may be suffering from this common condition and should seek help as soon as possible. TMD can cause headaches, soreness, jaw clicking and other health problems if left untreated.
Our treatments could be the solution to your condition…
Here at Duncraig Dental Care we can prescribe treatments to help alleviate some of the pain or discomfort caused by TMD. If you are concerned about that nagging headache or jaw related pain we recommend you see one of our dental professionals as soon as possible.
What is my temporomandibular joint?
At Duncraig Dental Care we can help educate and treat our patients struggling with TMJ Dysfunction. Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw or lower mandible to the temporal bone of the skull, which is the bone in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are traditionally flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
When you have TMJ Dysfunction your jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles may be experiencing symptoms that arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. At Duncraig Dental Care we will assess your mouth and jaw to determine the best solution for you.
What is causing my TMJ Dysfunction?
While the cause for TMJ Dysfunction is not always known and can be a combination of a few factors, we have found some consistent trends with patients suffering from this condition. Some of the causes and leading factors include:
- Injury to the jaw- trauma to the temporomandibular joint or muscles of the head and neck such as experiencing a heavy blow or whiplash have been known to develop TMD.
- Bruxism- grinding or clenching the teeth (often at night), puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ.
- Dislocation- the movement or dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
- Osteoarthritis- or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ.
- Stress- we often tighten our facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth when we’re nervous or stressed
I keep getting headaches, could this be related to my TMJ?
Headaches are a common symptom of TMD and can often occur because of built up tension within the jaw. Other common symptoms of TMD include toothaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears. Because of excess tension and dysfunction in jaw muscles, patients have been known to experience lockjaw, clicking and popping jaws as well as swelling on the sides of the face. At Duncraig Dental Care we can help treat your TMD, after a full mouth assessment and consolation wherein we will discuss your symptoms we can determine the severity the most appropriate treatment. Sometimes surgery may be recommend, but in less extreme case we have less invasive treatments that may be suitable for your lifestyle.