General Dentistry

TMJ Treatment

Disorders of the jaw joints and muscles (‘temporomandibular dysfunction’, or ‘TMD’) can cause a variety of symptoms in the head and neck and affect a large percentage of the population.

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Lack of knowledge and education about this condition amongst the medical and dental professions however means that many cases of TMD are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, causing needless suffering in affected people. TMJ symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in the fingers and arms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Locked jaw – closed or open
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Unexplained loosening of the teeth
  • Ear aches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears
  • Sore jaw and jaw pain, especially upon waking
  • Noisy sleep due to grinding of teeth
  • Worn tooth surfaces
  • Broken or chipped teeth

TMJ disorder is often caused by problems with the way the upper and lower teeth mesh together, or the ‘occlusion’. Very often, changes in a patient’s occlusion can affect great reductions in TMJ symptoms.

The diagnosis and treatment of occlusal abnormalities and TMD is often called neuromuscular dentistry. Correct diagnosis and treatment can often bring a marked improvement to chronic symptoms in the head, neck and jaw.

After almost a year of looking for relief elsewhere, the work at Dental Artistry resulted in rapid initial relief of the worst symptoms within a week due to a custom mouth splint, moving through to braces to align things correctly and more permanently. As this re-alignment progresses, the rest of the related symptoms have reduced to almost none.

I couldn’t be happier with my treatment from the great team at Dental Artistry.
My varied and often severe TMJ (Jaw Joint) related symptoms almost stopped me working. All those symptoms have gone as im in the final stage of my treatment.

After many years of trying to get my jaw problems better, having tried many orthodontists and specialists, I still had a lot of jaw pain and migraines. By co-incidence I came to Dental Artistry and we started treatment of my jaws. It was a life-changer for me; my jaws are so much better, my migraines from my jaws are gone.

“I came to Dental Artistry with jaw joint problems a few years back and had TMJ treatment. Happy to say the treatment has improved my jaw and its placement drastically and finished with very happy results. Also glad to have found such a nice clinic full of funny and friendly professionals – I enjoy my visits.”

Sylvia

“My jaw had always clicked, but I had thought little of it, and dentists had told me not to worry. Then one morning I woke up and I couldn’t open my mouth more than about 2cm. That was frightening! I went straight to A&E but they said they couldn’t help me and told me to go to a dentist. …..I phoned Dental Artistry and they got me in that day. I went back and have since had my jaw treated, including braces, which have just come off. My jaw now opens fully and has stopped clicking. Also the neck pain that I had suffered with for years has gone away, as has the ringing in my ears which I never realized I had until it was gone.