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Are you suffering with a sore jaw or a wicked headache? Jaw pain can significantly impact your daily life, making it difficult to speak, eat, or even smile. At Today's Dentistry in Chermside, we're dedicated to helping you find relief from TMJ jaw pain. Let us help you get back to enjoying life pain-free.

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What is TMJ and TMD?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint which is the hinge-like joint that connects your jaw to your skull. You have two of them that work together. Muscles in your face control the jaw joints. The way wheels move a car, the muscles move the jaws in three directions – up and down, side to side, back and forward – so you can talk, chew and yawn.

There are three elements that control the way your mouth operates – the jaw joints, the facial muscles and the teeth. If you overstress any one of these three elements, then you can have problems and symptoms. These painful conditions are called temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD.

The most common issues involve the facial muscles:

You can get pain when you wake in the morning
Your muscles could feel tender
It may be hard to eat

Often these pains are temporary. They may be triggered by:

Some trauma to the jaw muscles
A fall or a blow
Clenching and grinding when stressed

In some people, night-time clenching and grinding is linked to sleep apnoea. This means that those with a long-standing teeth grinding or clenching habit should consider a sleep study to assess for obstructive sleep apnoea, as this condition has far-ranging health consequences. Your dentist can help guide you through this process.

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What Are The Symptoms Of TMD?

Most commonly, these symptoms will happen on and off, which makes it harder to connect the dots and realise you could have TMD.

Jaw pain: Do you have a dull, constant ache in your jaw muscles?

Clicking jaw: Is your mouth making popping, grinding or clicking sounds when you open or close it?

Limited mouth movement: Do your facial muscles feel sore and stiff? Are you having problems opening your mouth properly? Does it hurt to chew? Does your bite feel ‘out’ of alignment?

Locking of the jaw: When you try to open your mouth, does it lock or suddenly seize?

Stiff neck and shoulders: Do you have tight muscles in this area, causing pain and shooting headaches?

Teeth grinding: Are you clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep?

Feeling dizzy: Are you also having problems with blurry vision?

TMJ Dentist Brisbane: What To Expect At Your Assessment?

At Today's Dentistry, we're committed to helping you find relief from jaw pain through personalised, expert care. Our assessment includes discussion of your symptoms as well as physical review of your jaw and teeth.

Some TMD issues can be directly addressed through dental care such as orthodontics to correct a misaligned jaw, or night splints to prevent grinding. However more complex cases can require additional support such as physiotherapy care, and we can refer you to specialist jaw clinics.

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Frequently Asked Questions 
About TMD and Jaw Pain

General Info

Are TMJ and sleep apnea related?

TMJ disorders and sleep apnea can be related, as both conditions can affect the airway and jaw muscles. Sleep apnea may exacerbate TMJ symptoms, while TMJ issues can contribute to the development or worsening of sleep apnea. It's essential to consult a dentist or medical professional if you suspect you have either condition.

Are there TMJ exercises that can help?

Yes, there are TMJ exercises that can help alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function. These exercises may include gentle jaw stretches, resistance exercises, and relaxation techniques. Consult a dentist, physical therapist, or medical professional for specific exercises tailored to your needs.

What are the symptoms of teeth grinding?

Symptoms of teeth grinding (bruxism) include worn or damaged teeth, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain or stiffness, headaches, earaches, and disrupted sleep. Chronic teeth grinding can lead to more severe dental problems, so it's essential to address the issue with a dentist.

How can you stop teeth grinding?

To stop teeth grinding, a dentist may recommend a custom-fit mouthguard to wear during sleep, stress reduction techniques, or addressing any underlying issues, such as sleep apnea or misaligned teeth. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bedtime may also help.

How is TMD treated?

TMD treatment depends on the cause and severity of the condition. Treatments may include pain relief medications, mouthguards, physical therapy, stress management, and lifestyle changes. In some cases, dental or orthodontic treatments, such as bite adjustments or orthodontics, may be necessary. Severe cases may require surgical intervention.

Issues / Challenges

Can TMJ cause tinnitus?

Yes, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) can potentially cause tinnitus. This is because the temporomandibular joint is close to the ears and problems can result in symptoms such as tinnitus.

Can TMJ cause vertigo?

Yes, TMJ can cause vertigo. The temporomandibular joint has a complex relationship with the muscles, ligaments, and nerves of the head and neck. Dysfunction in this joint can potentially lead to symptoms like vertigo.

Can TMJ cause dizziness?

Yes, TMJ can potentially cause dizziness. This can occur due to the complex relationship the temporomandibular joint shares with the various nerves, muscles, and other structures of the head and neck.

Can TMJ cause headaches or migraines?

Yes, TMJ can cause headaches or migraines. Tension and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint can cause pain to radiate into the head, resulting in headaches. In some people, these may escalate into migraines.

Can TMJ cause neck pain?

Yes, TMJ can cause neck pain. The temporomandibular joint is closely connected to the neck muscles and ligaments, so any issues with the joint can lead to tension and discomfort in the neck.

Can TMJ cause tooth pain?

Yes, TMJ can cause tooth pain. The pain is often due to the joint's proximity to the teeth and the pressure that TMJ disorder can put on the facial nerves and muscles.

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