The facts about bite and jaw joint disorders
Millions of Australians suffer from headaches and reduced jaw function due to bite and jaw joint disorders (TMD).
TMD is what happens when the jaw joint and the muscles that control it are out of alignment with the way the teeth bite together, causing problems with jaw function.
This is most commonly due to:
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The most common signs of TMD are:
Initial (conservative) therapy
This involves improving the alignment of the bite to reduce stresses on the teeth, jaw joints and muscles. This may include orthodontics or adjustments to the shape of the fillings and teeth.
A night guard (splint) is useful to reduce stresses to teeth and jaw muscles while sleeping. Physiotherapy may be a useful adjunct treatment for persistent muscle spasms.
Joint surgery is considered when conservative therapy has been unable to manage the pain and reduce jaw functions. Surgery is typically used only as the last resort.
TMD cannot be cured – it can only be managed. Once the biting pattern is well aligned the jaw function can be improved and the pain reduced. It is important not to do any activities which aggravate your condition.
These activities include:
Management will be an ongoing concern.
Acute pain from TMD can occur with little or no warning.
If you are in acute pain from your jaw joints or facial muscles do not hesitate to call for emergency care.
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