When to see a dentist if you have TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth

Many of us brave through issues that we cannot see an obvious reason for. This is especially true for the pain associated with TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, which often comes and goes without rhyme or reason.

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Although a very serious and painful disability that is known to affect some 30% of the population, TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth can be the reason behind many conditions and when not approached with a holistic outlook in mind, can be completely overlooked by both dentists and doctors alike.

Unfortunately, perhaps the leading cause behind TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth would be stress and this is a condition that many of us tend to overlook the serious impacts of. However, stress is a killer and we need to learn how to manage it in our lives if we seek to enjoy a long and fruitful one.

We urge you to come into our practice if you think you have TMD or are suffering from any kind of jaw problem. It may be a symptom of a condition that we are readily able to treat, or you may need to look at some lifestyle changes or speak with a physiotherapist, doctor or other professional to discover the root cause of your issue.

Regardless of the cause or reason, you shouldn’t need to live with pain unnecessarily. Our compassionate and understanding dentists are here to support and encourage you to ensure that your health and wellbeing is optimal.

How can I determine whether I have TMD or a jaw problem?

TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is characterized by many different symptoms. If you find it difficult to chew, your jaw pops, grinds or grates or if you cannot open your mouth very wide, you could be one of the third of people who have this condition.

Other symptoms include neck pain, backache, headaches or jaw pain. You may even have issues with your ear, such as a blocked ear or pain in the cheek or temple. TMD can come and go and it can be difficult to pinpoint any triggers that set it off.

We suggest that you talk to us during an episode so that we can potentially rule out any physical factors that may be causing the issue as there are many.

What are some of the causes?

Physical causes for your jaw problems can be the result of an injury or because of an uneven bite caused by some new dental work that you have just had.

Other health conditions that may be contributing to the issue include osteoporosis, gout and arthritis. In these situations, we suggest that you talk to a professional experienced with these matters so that you are able to address the root cause of the issue.

Bruxism is another common cause, which is the clenching or grinding of your jaw, often unconsciously when you sleep. We do have devices that you can use to ease this such as mouth guards to wear whilst you are sleeping, which may make a big difference to your wellbeing.

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