Do you have TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth?

If you do, then rest assured, you’re not alone. It is thought that at least 30% of UK adults have TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction and many more will experience issues with their jaw throughout their life.


It can be caused by a number of things and often, TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can clear up on their own. However, this is not for certain and if you are experiencing any kind of lasting pain in your jaw which is causing complications, then we urge you to come in and see one of our friendly and professional team members who can seek to identify the cause of your complaint and to help you to find a solution.

TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can even cause pain in the head, neck, shoulders and back, so it is important to find a dentist who has a holistic approach to their care. That way, when you discuss your general health and wellbeing with them during a consultation, they are able to put some of these clues together to determine whether this common complaint is something you might have as well.

We often find that teeth clenching or grinding is a cause and often this is unconsciously done whilst you sleep. There are some telltale signs of this condition, such as a wearing down or even unexplained breaking of your teeth. Known as bruxism, this can also cause severe headaches and unexplained pain and can be manifested through stress or anxiety, among other factors.

What are some jaw problems and how can they be fixed?

When we discuss TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, we are working with a vast range of different complications and therefore treatment is diverse and personalised.

During childhood, we will look at your bite to determine whether you need braces or not to realign your teeth and jaw. Malocclusion as it is otherwise called can cause lasting issues with your teeth, your jaw bone joint and the muscles in your face. By treating your incorrect bite, you will be able to speak, eat and chew correctly. This is often done during childhood or when you are a young adult when the bones are more malleable, however a growing number of adults are seeking teeth straightening devices to perfect their smile later in life now as well.

We have some devices that are generally worn at night for those patients who unconsciously grind their teeth when they sleep. This can alleviate pain and reduce wear and tear in the jaw bone joint and on teeth.

People with osteoarthritis may find that they have wear and tear within the joint and be the cause for pain and discomfort. Other people who have experienced an injury to this area or who have had incorrectly placed dental implants or crowns will also be aware of this shift in their jaw, relating to growing complications. Aside from the treatments we can offer, which include non-invasive where possible with the opportunity for surgery in severe cases, we can also suggest that depending on the cause of your condition that treatments with an osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor may deliver some relief.

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