TMJ (Jaw) Disorders

Jaw and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders can have many symptoms that have far-reaching consequences for your health and well-being. Apart from the most obvious ones of sleep apnoea, snoring and Bruxism (grinding teeth during sleep), other symptoms can include:

  • Cranio facial pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Problems opening the mouth
  • Problems with chewing food
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Ear pain and/or ringing in the ears
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feelings of numbness and/or tingling in the hands and/or arms

We Treat the Causes Not The Symptoms

tmj-jaw-painIf you are suffering from any of these problems, it is time to take a decision to get safe, effective, drug-free treatment at the Sleep Better Clinic. Call us today on 9510 7700 to book an appointment.

Visiting your GP may often result in coming away after a brief ‘ten minute slot’, with a prescription for meds to treat a symptom.  Our thorough patient assessment process will enable us to get to the root of your problem. It’s like Detective work, we look at all the possibilities to enable us to fit the puzzle together correctly and arrive at the correct treatment plan for you.

At the Sleep Better Clinic, we take a holistic view of all problems. This is particularly so in the case of Jaw and TMJ problems where we combine corrective Dentistry (if appropriate) to address any issues regarding alignment of teeth, with a whole body, integrative approach addressing posture and biomechanical issues. If these do not fully resolve the problems you are experiencing, we will move on to address diet and nutrition as well as mental and emotional issues as stress can be a major contributory factor in the cause of TMJ disorders.

What is the Temporomandibular Joint?

The Temporomandibular joint is located on each side of your head, in front of the ear at the point where the skull and the lower jaw connect. Every time you move your mouth to chew or swallow, talk, sing or even yawn, this joint has to work – so it is one of the most constantly in motion joints in the whole body.

It is not surprising therefore, that there are quite a lot of things that can go wrong with the TMJ! Disorders of this joint are broadly classified as:

  • Myofascial Pain affecting the muscles of the neck, shoulders and jaw causing disfunction of the TMJ
  • Degenerative Joint problems, due to a number of causes including arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Problems within the TMJ caused by accident or injury or incorrect alignment of the joint itself
  • Problems with dental occlusion, missing or badly aligned teeth, misalignment of the jaw
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth (Bruxism). A Canadian survey estimated that around 8% of adults grind their teeth during the night.¹ Another study demonstrated that the figure is a lot higher among children with more than one third of the parents surveyed reporting symptoms in their children.²

Please call us today for your appointment, correcting the problems that are causing your jaw and TMJ disorder will have a beneficial effect on your health in general and your sleep in particular.

 

Referenced Sources

¹ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7701186?dopt=Abstract

² http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16294935?dopt=Abstract