COLLINS PRECISION DENTAL
TMJ DISORDER
SERVICES

HIGHLY SKILLED AND
DEDICATED EXPERTS

DON'T LET TMJ AFFECT
THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District, Collins Precision Dental is a team of highly skilled and dedicated dental experts that use a wide range of techniques to tend to various teeth conditions and concerns.

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull, which is located in front of the ear. The TMJ includes all the muscles surrounding the jaw, nerves and blood vessels.

Pain in the face or jaw area can be very troublesome, and often cause you to feel stressed and uncomfortable. If left untreated, the condition can worsen over time and affect the quality of your daily life. Speak to our TMJ treatment in Melbourne specialists today to find a treatment option that’s right for you.

DIAGNOSIS OF TMJ DISORDER

To gauge the intensity of your pain, our dentists may administer a “clench” test. If you experience pain in any of your teeth or jaw when you bite down, we will diagnose it as TMJ disorder. To confirm this diagnosis and to evaluate the position of the TMJ, we will create mold impressions of your bite and mount these on an articulator. Through this, we can determine if there is a structural disorder inside the joint, or if other factors like uneven teeth are affecting the joint.

CAUSES OF TMJ DISORDER

TMJ disorder is a problem that many of our patient’s experience. The main cause of TMJ disorder is bruxism, which is the excessive grinding of teeth. This can put significant pressure on the TMJ and cause inflammation to the joint. Furthermore, through aggressive clenching, the alignment of the joint may shift around and cause clicking sounds when open and close your jaw.

OTHER CAUSES INCLUDE:

• Jaw joint stiffness and inflammation
• Jaw muscles spasm after a dental procedure
• Trauma to the jaw (i.e. from a car accident)
• Poor head or neck posture
• Poor sleeping posture

SYMPTOMS OF TMJ DISORDER

Sometimes, it is difficult to interpret the symptoms of TMJ disorder. That’s why we recommend visiting our office to seek the correct diagnosis of your condition. Some of the symptoms that should be noted include:

• Pain in the jaw joint, face and sometimes in the neck and shoulders
• Pain whilst talking or yawning
• Ear pain and ringing in the ears
• Popping or clicking sound when you move the TMJ
• Swelling of the mouth and face
• Change in bite
• Difficulty opening jaw
• Difficulty swallowing food
• Experience dizziness, nausea or headaches

TMJ TREATMENT IN MELBOURNE

At Collins Precision Dental, we offer a number of different services and treatment options that can help treat your TMJ disorder.

TREATMENTS INCLUDE

1. Orthodontics
There are very few cases of TMJ disorder that are severe enough to have required surgery. Most of the time, the disorder can be corrected with a restorative treatment such as orthodontics. This method can help correct your bite and relieve the pain and pressure on the TMJ.

2. Dental appliances
If there is no structural disorder in the joint, but there are interferences that affect the bite, we may suggest correcting the problem using an appliance.

3. Mouth guards
A mouth guard is another option we may recommend, to protect your lower and upper teeth. Effectively, this can prevent any damage that may occur from aggressive teeth grinding during the night.

AT-HOME TREATMENT

Before visiting us at our Melbourne dentist office, there are some simple treatment options you can try at home. These include:

• Applying a cold or hot pack to the side of your face to reduce jaw pain
• Avoiding yawning or any other extended jaw movement
• Eating only soft foods
• Gentle massaging the TMJ
• Taking anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs can provide relief from intense pain

It is important to note that any other TMJ treatment should only be provided by a dental professional who is highly experienced in this area.

BOOK YOUR
APPOINTMENT NOW

Don’t wait – speak to one of our highly-trained dentists today to find out how we can help you with your TMJ disorder. We’re happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.

 

For more information on TMJ disorder or any of our services and treatments in general, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9564 5705, or visit us at our Melbourne dentist clinic located on Collins Street. You can visit out Facebook page here.