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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Do you wake up with jaw pain or headaches in the morning? You may need to talk to our Adelaide CBD family dentist about whether or not you have TMJ disorder (TMJD).

Symptoms of TMJD include;

  • Chronic Muscle pain and fatigue through the face, head, jaws, neck and shoulders
  • Popping or cracking noises when you open and close your mouth
  • Ringing or pain in your ears
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Worn teeth or cracked fillings
  • Tooth and jaw misalignment
  • The jaw deviating to one side when you open your mouth

If you have a tendency to clench or grind your teeth when you sleep or have a stressful lifestyle, it might increase your chance of having TMJD. The only way to find out for sure whether or not you do, is to be assessed by a dentist.

Treatments Available to Relieve Jaw Pain

Treatment and alleviation of a TMJ disorder is important and some of the most effective options can include –

Injectables — Normally thought of for cosmetic purposes, injectables can ease the tension of hyperactive muscles and offer relief for up to three months or more.

Bite Splints/ nightguard — Therapeutic orthotics alleviate the pressure to your jaw joint and the tissues around it. Wearing a bite splint can help to naturally relax the tense muscles around the TMJ.

Orthodontic Therapy — By aligning the teeth and jaws, your mouth can function as nature intended. Otherwise, your jaw may have to move abnormally in order to bite or chew when you eat. Getting braces could be an important step in creating a harmonious fit between your upper and lower teeth.

Reconstruction of the Teeth — Missing or damaged teeth can cause the jaws to function abnormally. Combining various restorations like crowns, bridges, dental implants and others can restore healthy biting relationships.

In very rare situation, surgery may be recommended. Fortunately, most people find non-surgical and neuromuscular therapies offer the best pain relief for TMJ disorder.

Visit your Adelaide CBD dentist

If you are in pain or suspect that you have a jaw disorder and are looking for a solution, we invite you to schedule an exam at our office. Visit us today for an assessment to see how we can help you.

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