Finding solutions to TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth

Understanding why some 30% of the population suffer from TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth at some stage in their lives comes down to an open and investigative mindset by your dentist.

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We look at a range of reasons behind your jaw pain and find effective solutions to enable you to heal and move forward. There are quite a few reasons as to why it is most likely occurring and many other ways in which we can prevent it from happening again or relieve the pain that you feel.

If you find that you are experiencing TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, then you should come in to see your local dentist immediately as you do not need to suffer from this discomfort needlessly. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you could be one of the many that are affected by TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth so that together we can find solutions.

What exactly is this condition?

TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition that causes pain in the joints and muscles of your jaw, making it difficult to chew, talk or simply function. The symptoms range from pain when you chew to migraines, neck pain, difficulty opening your mouth or a popping sound accompanied by pain when you do so. Your jaw can also grind, click or grate when you move it which is unsettling in the least to experience.

Issues can extend beyond the jaw and cause neck pain, back pain or headaches. This can be distressing for individuals experiencing TMD and can cause other complications due to their inability to eat and chew correctly.

In order to rectify this condition, we first need to address the cause for the concern. There are many reasons behind why a person might be having jaw problems and they are varied and many. We need to talk with our patients who have this condition so that we can begin to understand the potential reason behind why it is happening.

Common reasons include bruxism, stress, injury or an uneven bite. Osteoarthritis can also be an unpleasant culprit and it can also be a side effect from gout or arthritis.

Bruxism is another term for grinding of the teeth and often is associated with stress as well. Once we have ruled out any physical conditions that could be the cause of the complaint, we then begin to look at some emotional triggers that may be manifesting themselves through your body and causing physical discomfort.

Thankfully, we have mouth guards that can be worn during the night for unconscious grinding that many people do and may be the leading cause of the pain in your jaw. This is one measure that we can take to protect your wellbeing and begin to address the concerns that you have with your wellbeing.

Another, new form of treatment called Cerezen is available and is worn in the ear canal to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth. Working holistically with other professionals, if we deem your pain to be associated with other conditions, we may refer you to seek advice and solutions with other professionals as well.

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