Jaw Problems (TMD) Elsternwick
Temporomandibular joint disorders, TMD, is a jaw condition which can present as clicking jaw joints, locking of the jaw, limitation of jaw opening, and/or pain in the face or neck with related tenderness of muscles.
Stress often results in oral habits, such as tongue-thrusting or tooth-clenching. Other oral activities include nail-biting, pencil-nibbling, gum chewing, clenching of teeth, loud singing, playing mouth instruments, chewing tough or hard food. Often, a visit to the dentist where the mouth is held open for a prolonged period can be the cause. Occasionally, sleeping postures that place pressure on the jaw are implicated.
Treatment consists of allowing the tender muscles to heal. This requires the avoidance of any activity that requires excessive use of the jaw muscles. Because most TMD problems are temporary and do not get worse, simple treatment is all that is usually needed to relieve discomfort.
If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer from these on a daily basis, you may need to see a dentist to treat your problems or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
In some cases, the treatment includes wearing a splint appliance at night. This stops your teeth from coming together and starting any clenching activity. It also helps to protect your teeth from being worn down by any grinding habits.
Speak to Dr Geeta Perks, dentist in Elsternwick, about your jaw problems and she may be able to help you.
About Dr Geeta Perks
Dr Geeta has experience in this field having attended the TMD Clinics at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield over several years.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.