TMJ and Jaw Joint Pain

TMJ and Jaw Joint Pain

Do you get constant headaches and neck pain? Do you have troubled sleep, snore or grind your teeth at night? Do your jaws click, pop or cause you pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder.

What is Temporomandibular Joint disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), or more commonly known as jaw joint pain, is pain that is primarily attributed to the joint space connecting your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. Like a knee joint, a jaw joint contains a cartilage disk that separates the two bones. This disk is protected by a capsule which is surrounded by ligaments and muscles that aids its movements. Often, from trauma or everyday wear and tear, the jaw joint becomes susceptible to damage which eventually results in the development of pain

How do I know if I have TMD?

Currently TMD afflicts up to 1 in 4 people (McFarlane TV et al., 2002). Its symptoms vary including jaw and muscle pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, nerve pain and even teeth pain. Some signs that you may have TMD include grinding at night, sore jaw muscles when you wake up as well as your jaw clicking and popping during everyday use.

So, what can I do to treat TMD?

There are numerous services and appliances that can be provided to manage and ultimately reduce the severity of the pain caused from the TMD. These range from temporary solutions such as Botox injections as a muscle relaxant to more permanent treatment such as the use of orthotics in combination with restorative and orthodontic options. A full evaluation and precise assessment is required to identify the cause of the pain before any treatment begins.

Book an appointment today with Dr Gavin Yang who will be able to assess and plan the best treatment to help you out of pain and ultimately improve your quality of life.

Crowns and bridges are tooth shaped caps that are cemented permanently onto your teeth.
Crowns are important in protecting and strengthening heavily damaged teeth; especially those that had a previous large restoration and/or have been root canal treated. They are also used for patient suffering from crack tooth syndrome. Crowns are also the final prosthesis to replace a missing tooth after implant treatment.

A bridge can be made up of many units, it is used to replace the space caused by missing teeth. It is important to prevent any space in the dental arch as they can cause many problems overtime such as overruption of the opposing tooth, movement of the adjacent teeth as well as eating difficulties. These can all lead to an imbalance in occlusion causing grinding as well as the potential to cause decay or gum disease.

Receiving a crown or bridge involves careful tooth preparation so they appear completely natural when placed next to natural teeth. Receiving a crown or bridge will often require two appointments depending on your personal circumstance and current oral health.

Both crowns and bridges are custom made from detailed cast models of your teeth and gum-line by a skilled technician at a dental laboratory.

There are many materials available to make these prosthesis each with its pros and cons. In order to choose the best material for you, your dentist will first assess your oral condition and discuss the options thoroughly with you relating to your specific situation.