Treatment for TMJ disorders Gold Coast QLD
TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder refers to a host of conditions that relate to the jaw as well as muscles and facial structures that control the movement of the jaw.
Due to the lack of sufficient public knowledge about TMJ, it is often incorrectly referred to as TMJ which simply means temporomandibular joint. These are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull.
When these joints are in proper alignment with the skull, the result is a well-synchronised muscle action. Otherwise, some serious problems arise such as migraines, a clicking sound near the ear and sometimes, locked jaws.
Myofascial pain- This is the most common TMJ condition which is highly associated with pain and discomfort of the muscles that move the jaws as well as the muscles around the head, shoulders and the neck.
Internal derangement of the joint- This is a condition that relates to the displacement of the disc of the joints, the jaw and the injury to the condyle or the round-like edges of the jaw joints.
Degenerative joint disease- This is a condition that is directly caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
The following are some known causes of TMJ disorders:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Dislocation or displacement of the disk that is situated in between the socket and the jawbone
- Trauma in the joints
- Malocclusion of the teeth
- Airway obstruction
- Injuries, including whiplash
There is a range of symptoms that are commonly experienced by people with temporomandibular joint syndrome. Each case is different from another, thus, not all symptoms may be present in all patients. Some of the symptoms include:
- Headache and /or migraine
- Clicking of the jaw
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Headache and migraine
- Limited jaw motions
- Locking jaw
- Ear pain or congestion
- Facial Pain
- Breaking/cracking of teeth and/or restorations
- Cervical abfractions on the teeth (ditching at the gumline)
- Interrupted sleep/insomnia/nervousness
- Bell’s Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Paresthesia of the fingertips (numbness/tingliness)
TMJ symptoms can be sometimes vague. However, as in any proper diagnosis there are standard tests and examinations used to ascertain the possibility of a patient having TMJ. These include physical examination of the affected areas and diagnostic tests. Here at Advanced Dental Care Clinic, we employ the latest advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment. One of these diagnostic tools, called the K-7 is used to record and analyse jaw movements and teeth.
Treatments for TMJ vary from simple interventions such as application of hot and cold packs on the affected area, exercises, trigger point therapy, occlusal adjustments, diet modification, posture correction and relaxation of the temporomandibular joints to more complex treatments such as physical therapy, behaviour modification, wearing of TMJ appliances and/or surgery.
Sometimes neuromuscular orthodontics or even a full mouth rehabilitation is required to stabilise the final occlusion. After a careful evaluation of the condition of her patients, Dr. Parrag recommends treatment options that would provide the most relief from TMJ symptoms.
About Neuromuscular Dentistry at Advanced Dental Care Clinic
Led by Dr Ruth Parrag, Advanced Dental Care Clinic provides neuromuscular dentistry to assist patients who may be suffering from conditions beyond traditional dentistry such as TMJ dysfunction.
Dr Parrag works closely with various specialists who have received professional training from different well-recognised dental institutions in Australia and abroad.
Advanced Dental Care Clinic caters to patients of all ages and of all concerns relating to neuromuscular dentistry. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technologies in neuromuscular dentistry, we will appropriately diagnose your condition and provide you the necessary and suitable interventions, therapies and treatments to resolve your symptoms.
From the moment you step into our clinic, you can be sure you will receive the utmost in comfort and care. Most diagnostic examinations are done within the practice for your convenience. Only after we have completed all diagnostic tests and thoroughly discussed your symptoms with you, will we present you with the possible treatment options.