Jaw Joint Pain and a clicking Jaw are known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome. The Temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. It is responsible for facilitating jaw movement when you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Suffers endure clicking jaw joints in front of the ears. Sometimes the jaws can lock which can be painful. TMJ disorders can range from mild to extremely uncomfortable.
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Causes of Joint Pain
Symptoms of TMD associated with Joint Pain
Generally, TMD causes pain and discomfort. This condition can be temporary and last for a short time, in other cases, it can last for many years. TMD can affect one or both sides of the face. Statistically, the number of women who present with TMD is higher than men. TMD can affect any age, but it is most common in people between 20 and 40 years of age.
The often symptoms associated with TMD include:
Diagnosing TMD and Joint Pain
At Blue Spa Dental, we conduct a full examination, not only of the jaw and facial muscles but also a dental examination to assess the health of your teeth. This is because some dental problems can cause symptoms similar to those experienced in TMD cases. For example, tooth decay, sinus problems, arthritis and gum disease can cause similar symptoms. Therefore, it is important to examine all possible causes to rule out unlikely issues and identify the underlying condition.
The diagnosis starts with attending at our clinics for an appointment where our dentists ask about your health history including dental and oral procedures you had performed on your teeth, gum or jaw. The dentist will check your jaw joints for any tenderness or pain and listen and try to feel any clicking, popping or grating sounds in the joint. He or she will ask you to open your mouth wide and close your mouth and in varying speeds and sudden motion and will check for locking of the jaw. In addition, they will test your bite, jaw alignment as well as check your facial muscles.
Your dentist may also take x-rays of the full face so he or she can have a more in depth look at your jaw and teeth to rule out unlikely causes. Other imaging may also be taken like MRI and CT scans which provides for better view of the jaw joint bone and disc details.
You may be seen by our one of our maxillofacial surgeons if needed to provide an assessment from a specialised or surgical diagnosis.
Treating TMD and Joint Pain
Knowledge of TMD and Joint Pain
Statistics show that the majority of patients become aware of the dental and facial problem aspects to jaw joint pain, feeling fatigue and experiencing headaches only after they are referred by their general practitioner to a dentist or maxillofacial surgeon. Therefore, the majority of patients we treat were in fact advised to see us by their doctors after presenting with jaw joint pain and possible TMD. If you suffer from pain around the jaw joint, ears and often experience headaches, it is wise to contact us to make an appointment so that we can assess your condition and treat any joint problems that you may have and help you regain function in a pain free fashion.
Gum disease can cause serious medical problems and it is therefore important that you arrange an appointment to see one of our dentists or periodontists to get an oral and dental examination so that we can evaluate the health of your gum and enact an early treatment if required.
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Joint Pain Treatment
Blue Spa Dentists can diagnose and treat jaw joint pain appropriately and proportionally. This is because our dental professionals are trained practitioners who have extensive experience in treating TMD and Joint Pain in its varying levels of severity. We understand the condition and we do, therefore, understand the pain and discomfort that you may suffer as a result of jaw joint problems and inflammation. We have treated many patients effectively and helped them return to enjoying the full of use of their jaws without pain or discomfort. This lead to reducing and eliminating the headache pain associated with this condition. Feel free to call us and describe your condition. We will give you an honest advice and recommendation as to whether we believe you should arrange an appointment to see one of our dentists or maxillofacial surgeons.