Worried you may have TMD or jaw problems? Your top 5 questions about these joint disorders answered

It can seem to be nothing more than a minor inconvenience; you wake up day after day with a slight headache, take some painkillers and just go about your normal routine.


As innocuous as this may sound, waking up with headaches, frequently suffering from migraines, stiff neck or shoulder pain can actually be symptomatic of a condition that has nothing to do with your head! Indeed, if you frequently experience any of these symptoms, you may be surprised to learn that a trip to your dentist may be the solution.

How can a dentist relieve headaches you ask? There is a condition that affects the joints of the jaw called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Used more as an umbrella term in dentistry, this disorder encompasses different disorders that can affect the jaw joint, muscles surrounding the jaw and articular disc, and is, unfortunately, usually caused by genetic factors.

If you are concerned that you have TMD, then come along and see our team at Castle Lane Dental Care. Our dentists can help with all TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, leaving you with a better functioning jaw and no more headaches! Perfect!

But of course, if you are worried about potentially having TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth, you will want to know more about the disorder. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about TMD.

How do I know if I have TMD?

As mentioned earlier, if you wake up with headaches, have frequent migraines or have shoulder pain, you may be suffering from TMD.

Similarly, if you suffer from a dull ache around the sides of your face and jaws, along with an inability to open your mouth fully, you need to ask a member of our team about TMD and jaw problems in Bournemouth.

How can a dentist help?

Depending on the severity of the condition, our team may be able to offer you a mouthguard to wear to bed at night, this will prevent your jaws from rubbing together and causing those awful morning headaches.

Or, alternatively, depending on a decision made by our team, you may need to undertake braces; this will align your upper and lower jaws, preventing them rubbing in the night and stopping the TMD from worsening.

Is there a long-term solution?

Long-term treatment of TMD may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy to strengthen the jaw joint and potentially even steroid injections. Talk to our team for more information on long-term treatment options that may be best suited to you.

Will I need surgery?

While it is easy to assume that a joint disorder will require surgery, with TMD, surgery is rarely needed to reverse it unless it is the result of a sudden facial trauma, or it is debilitating and causing serious issues with eating.

Depending on the severity, our team will usually help you reverse or minimise the associated uncomfortable issues with a combination of custom mouthpieces, braces and even a mandibular repositioning splint.

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