21 Sep

London dentist relieves pain of TMJ

TMJ, or Temporomandibular disorder to give it its full name affects the major bones and muscles of the jaw and some in the skull (this area is commonly known as the temporomandibular joint). This part of the head is responsible for talking, chewing and biting and, as such, any disorder that affects these essential and every day functions can be pretty irritating. Sufferers of TMJ experience symptoms that cover the whole spectrum of pain, from constant to intermittent, and can last for many years.
It was previously thought that TMJ was caused solely by stress but recent research has shown that there may in fact be other causes. Teeth that can cause interference with the jaw or the bite can cause misalignments to happen in the temporomandibular joint which causes pain and irritation. It is also now believed that patients who receive jolting trauma to the head or face might suffer from TMJ as a consequence.
Unfortunately for sufferers, the main and most usual symptom of TMJ is pain. This occurs for the most part in the neck, jaw and face but may also occur in the ear causing temporary hearing loss. The easiest way to test for TMJ is for your London dentist to conduct a clench test. If one or more of your teeth hurt when clenched fully then you may be suffering from TMJ. If the dentist suspects TMJ they will the then be able to carry out a further assessment of your bit and jaw movement.
Some temporary relief form TMJ can be found using hot or cold packs, but this is often little more than palliative at best and does little to address the underlying cause. TMJ can only be effectively treated when fully diagnosed by a dentist. TMJ is curable with the right treatment so if you think you might be suffering, make an appointment to see your dentist.