Here at our West London dental clinic, symptoms are assessed and after diagnosing the specific problem, appropriate advice, muscles exercises and splint therapy can used to help eliminate the symptoms.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ stands for temporo-mandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and its movements allow opening, closing and chewing. People can experience symptoms such as pain, clicking, locking and arthritis of this joint. Grinding is a common factor which can result in pain and discomfort in this joint, as well as stress and position or loss of posterior teeth.
In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. However, in some cases a referral is required. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative measures have failed, but some people with TMJ disorders may benefit from surgical treatments.