Understanding and treating TMD and jaw problems

Getting a diagnosis for TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be a relief, knowing that there is a reason for some seemingly unexplainable symptoms can lift a lot of stress off your mind. Moreover, knowing that there is a treatment for your symptoms, that will ease your discomfort, is something we at Castle Lane Dental Care can help you with.

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Beginning with a thorough physical examination and a series of questions that your dentist will guide you through, we can begin to diagnose you with TMD fairly quickly and get you onto a path of recovery that can only benefit your life.

Causes of TMD

The diagnosis will begin with a discovery of the potential causes of your problems resulting in TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth some of which we have explained to you below.

Bruxism – is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth, this can happen when you are either awake or asleep or both.

Stress – Stress is often linked to jaw problems, as the symptoms of stress manifest themselves in the physical body, causing muscle tension and jaw clenching on an unconscious level.

Injury – trauma to the jaw joint itself is a common cause in jaw problems, taking a knock to the jaw, or even whiplash in a car accident can cause injury.

Osteoarthritis – can cause the inside of the joint to wear down thus compromising the complex structure of the joint causing adverse symptoms.

Uneven bite – commonly after new crowns or dentures are fitted can be a cause of an otherwise normal jaw alignment.

Side effects – other conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia can have a knock-on effect, causing you to experience the discomfort of TMD.

Common treatments

You may find that while treating the symptoms of your TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth might be a quick fix, it doesn’t solve the root of the problem; internet search engines might tell you that over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs are a solution, while others may suggest the use of a warm compress and to eat soft foods, you are still not solving anything and only gaining temporary relief from discomfort.

We offer a long term solution to your problems, and although the best treatment will depend on the cause of the issue, we offer advice and counselling on the range of appliances that may help treat your condition. Some of these appliances may be something that is worn over the front teeth at night, or larger ones worn in the mouth to cover all the teeth in order to prevent clenching and grinding.

Other treatments

We also offer a Cerezen device which is worn inside the ear to help prevent grinding and clenching, due to its close proximity to the joint.

After a consultation with your dentist, it may be discovered that you require a different specialist and it may be recommended that you see either an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist to assist in the healing of your TMD issue.

In rare cases, arthroscopic surgery will be the most beneficial form of treatment for these disorders.

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