What should I do if I have TMD and jaw problems?

The list of issues and symptoms surrounding TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be long and complicated, but in this article we will discuss and unpack the problems you may be facing and what to do if you are currently suffering from these issues.

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At Castle Lane Dental Care we have the means to address your TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth in a safe and professional environment, our team has experience with and caters for patients suffering from these issues, helping to solve their jaw problems with several techniques.

How do I know if I have jaw problems?

Jaw problems begin with a misalignment in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – located in front of the ears on either side of the head, they form a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. This hinge, along with ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones helps you create the movements needed for eating and talking – TMJ disorder refers to this misalignment and can cause people to clench their jaw or grind their teeth at night.

Often a misalignment can be seen in a person’s bite, which is the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth. A ‘bad bite’ could be indicated by an overbite, underbite or crossbite that may be treated in various ways, depending on the severity of the issue. However, if you are suffering from symptoms of a TMJ disorder you will need to visit your dentist who can treat your problems, this treatment may involve a hard plastic appliance used at night to position your teeth correctly thus allowing the muscles in your jaw to relax.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) covers a whole host of conditions that affect the TM joints and can occur when you open or close your mouth or move your jaw from side to side. Pinpointing the cause of TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth varies between patients, as the conditions causing these problems may be as different as someone suffering from stress and clenching their jaw thus causing pressure on the disks and strain on the muscle in the joint, to someone who has experienced whiplash in a car accident causing trauma to the muscles in that area.

Whatever the cause may be – which can be discussed with your dentist – the symptoms are clear and if you experience the following symptoms after ruling out all other possible explanations you may be suffering from TMD and need to consult your dentist:

– You may experience pain in the muscles around the jaw

– Your jaw may click, grate or pop when chewing or speaking

– Tightness in the jaw

– Experiencing difficulties when opening your mouth

– Pain in the front of the ear, neck or temple

– Earache or a feeling of blockage

– A recurring headache or migraine

– You may have unexplained neck pain or backache

If you find any of these symptoms to be persistent or chronic it is important to seek medical attention from your dentist where we will establish the cause of your problem and come up with an elegant solution to treating it.

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