If you’re troubled by jaw pain, headaches or earache, this could be caused by TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull; it is one of the most frequently used joints in the human body and you can feel it working if you hold your fingers underneath your ear lobes on the side of your face and open and close your mouth.
What causes TMJ disorder and how can we help?
There are many possible causes of TMJ disorder, from orthodontic issues affecting the bite, to tooth grinding (also known as bruxism). We use the latest technology, TekScan to determine the cause of your headaches and jaw pain and then work on drawing up a suitable treatment plan. One of the most common problems we come across is tooth grinding, which is often linked to stress or anxiety. Grinding the teeth is usually a sub-conscious action and it can cause tooth wear, as well as headaches and migraines.
In cases where bruxism is to blame, we can provide appliances to prevent the teeth from clashing and clenching during the night and we can also recommend stress management techniques. If TMJ disorder is linked to poor tooth alignment or issues with the bite, we can also recommend orthodontic treatment or fit new crowns or fillings.
Whatever the cause of your pain, we can help! Don’t suffer in silence; call us today to book an appointment.