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TMD Treatment Melbourne CBD

Do you suffer from chronic headaches or facial pain?

These can be the result of dental stress and a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD.

TMD can result in severe headache and facial pain and also result in impairment of the normal functioning of the jaw.

TMD Treatment Melbourne CBD

Symptoms of TMD

Here are some of the symptoms of TMD:

  • Radiating pain in the jaw, face, neck or shoulders
  • Pain or tenderness around the ear when chewing, speaking or opening your mouth wide
  • Stiff jaw muscles, or jaws that get stuck or locked
  • Painful clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing due to a change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together
  • A tired feeling in the face
It is important to note that TMD can also cause earaches, hearing problems, toothaches and even depression in some cases. Experts believe that no two TMD sufferers experience the same symptoms and pain, which makes correct diagnosis more challenging.

Causes of TMD

The functioning of the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), combines an up-and-down hinge action with side-to-side sliding motions. The TMJ can get damaged due to undue strain or abnormal wear & tear.

This can result in excessive stretching of the jaw ligaments, displacement of the articular disc, or the overworking of jaw muscles.

Some of the most common causes of TMD include:

  • A bad bite (Poor Occlusion) caused when your teeth don’t fit together, or you have an uneven ‘bite.’
  • Abnormal head and neck posture (which may itself be the result of some accident or injury)
  • Poor nutrition and a lack of dental hygiene, or damage to the cartilage due to conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Grinding, gnashing or clenching of teeth (Bruxism)
  • External trauma such as a blow to the head, a bad fall or the impact sustained in a motor vehicle accident
  • Bad chewing habits such as putting too much food into your mouth while eating, crunching hard foods, crushing ice, or eating foods that need excessive chewing.
Treatment for TMD Melbourne CBD

Treatment for TMD

The treatment of TMD depends mostly on the factors that have contributed to the condition. Based on the severity of the case, treatment can range from conservative dental care to complex surgery.

A thorough diagnosis is performed before the commencement of any treatment. This may require the use of specialised diagnostic equipment that can help assess the positioning of your lower jaw and teeth, including the functioning of the Temporomandibular Joint.

X-rays, MRIs or CT scans and a plaster model of your teeth may also be required.

The various treatments for TMD could include the following

Z Bite Splints

A bite splint or neuromuscular orthodontic is a basic non-surgical intervention used for treating TMD.

Z Dental Treatment

If the cause of TMD is an ill-fitting denture, missing teeth or some other dental problem, then we would consider restorative dental treatments such as crowns and bridges or dental implants.

Z Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help relax the muscles, improve your posture and relieve pain.

Z Stress Management & Behaviour Modification

Psychological or emotional conflicts can be integral to TMD. Lifestyle counselling, psychotherapeutic interventions, behaviour modification programs as well as relaxation and stress-reduction therapies, can all play an important role in treating TMD.

Z Medication

Certain medications can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation; however, long-term use of sedative-type drugs can result in a number of undesirable side effects.

TMD Treatment in Melbourne CBD

Suffering from chronic headaches or facial pain?

Your Melbourne CBD dentist at Art De Dente will work closely with you to find the perfect treatment plan for you.

Call us on (03) 9642 8955 or request an appointment online.

We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.

TMD or Temporomandibular Disorder is what happens when the temporomandibular joint is affected by problems that often lead to discomfort or pain.

What does TMJ pain feel like?
While a sore jaw is a common symptom of TMJ pain, you may also notice sharp or aching neck pain, ear pain, face pain, jaw pain, throat pain or unexplained headaches.

Those suffering from a TMJ disorder may experience feelings similar to lockjaw, making it difficult to speak or chew.