Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge between your skull and your jaw. TMJ joints lie on either side of your jaw and act in unison to attach the jaw to your skull. Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint, head and neck, and can inhibit jaw movement. TMJ treatment varies in nature.

The cause of TMJ disorders is often hard to pinpoint. Genetics, arthritis or jaw injury are established as the leading causes of TMJ disorders. In most cases, pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorders is fleeting and can often be managed with physical therapy and non-invasive treatments. Surgery is typically a last resort, but some people with advanced TMJ disorders may benefit from such treatments.

During diagnosis of your condition, your dentist will often listen to and explore your jaw when you open and close your mouth. They will identify specific areas of discomfort by pressing on the joint and may perform a dental X-Ray, CT scan or MRI scan if more information is needed about the patient’s anatomy.

TMJ Treatment

Treatment involves pain relievers or anti-inflammatories, low doses of anti-depressants or muscle relaxants. Non-drug treatments for TMJ pain include: oral splints or mouthguards, physical therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy designed to help patients avoid bad habits that could be causing the problem. Surgical options include: Arthrocentisis (fluid irrigation via small needle), corticosteroid injections, botox injections, TMJ arthroscopy (implants), a modified condylotomy (mandible surgery) or, if all else fails, open-joint surgery.

Contact Campsie Laser Dental on 02 9789 6219 to book an appointment for a TMJ treatment consultation today. We are open for business Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm.