TMJ, or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is caused by the grinding of teeth, as well as anxiety and stress. When individuals go through these common physical states, they subconsciously clench their jaw which can lead to the jaw pain associated with the disorder. Luckily, there are TMJ treatments available from your Dentist in Bath if you suffer from the often very painful condition.
The disorder can also be passed on through genetics, the onset of arthritis or a previous or current jaw injury. The most common side effects are headaches and migraines.
Last year, researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that individuals who suffer from chronic migraines could be suffering with TMJ. Speaking to the Express.co.uk, Lidiane Florencio, a researcher from the university said: “Our study shows that patients with a chronic migraine, meaning attacks occurring more than 15 days per month, are three times as likely to report more severe symptoms of TMD(J) than patients with an episodic migraine.”
What is the TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull, with one on each side of the jaw. Some of the symptoms include:
Clicking, popping or grating noises when you chew or move your mouth.
Muscle pain around the jaw.
Pain in front of the ear that will most likely spread to the cheek, ear, and jaw.
Difficulty opening your mouth.
In most cases, individuals will experience temporary TMJ and don’t need to take immediate action. However, for those who suffer greatly and need a further examination, there are treatment plans in place to make sure the pain is taken care of.
Luckily, Widcombe Dental Practice and our professional dental staff are on hand to provide effective TMJ treatments for our patients.
How can your Bath Dentist help?
Our staff are experts in their field and will always make sure you get the most out of your TMJ treatment plan. During your consultation with our specialist dentist, they will explain the treatment and what the process involves.
The BTX treatment we offer here at Widcombe Dental will strengthen the muscles to alleviate the pressure built up from the tightening of the joint. This will provide near-immediate relief, leaving you with a more relaxed jaw and free from pain.
Book your TMJ treatment with us
As your expert and friendly Bath Dental Practice, your oral health is our priority and we will always go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. If you are suffering from TMJ pain and need a second opinion, contact our team today who will be on hand to book your appointment for you. Alternatively, you can book online. We look forward to seeing you soon.