Integrate a TMJ specialist and sleep clinic to provide extensive physical examination of face and jaw and make sure your condition is correctly diagnosed and treated accordingly.
The Temporomandibular joints are the two hinge joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. The flexibility of the joint, along with muscles, allows it to move smoothly up, down and side to side enabling us to talk, chew, swallow and yawn.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) occurs when the jaw bone, muscles and attached ligaments are not aligned and synchronised to facilitate smooth movement of the jaw. TMD is the most commonly experienced non-dental chronic facial pan and affects twice as more women as men.
TMD can be classified in 3 categories:
TMD can be caused by:
Stress does not directly contribute to TMD but stressful situations can aggravate TMD due to overuse of jaw muscles for clenching or grinding teeth.
Before the right treatment, diagnosis is very important. However, due to the complex nature of the disorder, diagnosis can be tricky. Other conditions such as toothache, sinus and arthritis can have similar symptoms so a detailed physical examination is required to determine the root cause.
At the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre we integrate a TMJ specialist and sleep clinic to provide extensive physical examination of face and jaw and make sure your condition is correctly diagnosed and treated accordingly. Many patients suffering from headaches and sleep disorders have been successfully treated for TMD at the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre.
Possible courses of treatment include: