JAWS: Does your mouth feel like an extra?

December 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to the cause of TMJ and jaw joint pain 

Are you suffering from jaw joint pain and don’t know the cause? Many people don’t realise that it’s actually a very complex problem associated with numerous muscles in the face. TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, is caused by either joint or muscle problems causing chronic pain. This in turn can be related to migraines, headaches, ear pain, tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, shoulder pain and so on.

At the Red Sky at The Fountain Health Clinic, Dr Pav Khaira has extensive training experience in the UK and US in managing TMJ, jaw joint problems and migraines. That’s why if you have any of these problems, come along to our practice and Pav will be able to personally assist you on a one-on-one basis to help to assess your jaw joint problems.

TMJDPS is usually caused by trauma, especially from a major incident such as a car accident. But for most people, it’s just the wear and tear from chewing which can cause jaw joint problems in the long term.

Symptoms

There are lots of symptoms caused by TMJ but generally, it’s best to look out for migraines, headaches, jaw pain, clicking and locking of the joint, tooth ache and sensitivity, shoulder pain, poor quality of sleep, sinus pain and tinnitus (a ringing sound in the ears) all of which can occasionally be caused by these types of problems.

Treatment

There are numerous treatment methods for TMJ, some of which there are too many to mention.  TMJ is a poorly understood aspect of dentistry and is often misdiagnosed and managed poorly – primarily because TMJ is such a complex topic.

However it’s important that TMJ is diagnosed, as it has the potential to become gradually worse, as the longer it is left, the more difficult that treatment for it becomes. It’s also worth realising that treatment doesn’t always work and sometimes the symptoms can return, depending on for example, if your stress levels increase.

The success rate for TMJPDS depends on how complex the treatment required is – for some people it will completely disappear, but others may have no such luck. Generally, in his practice, Pav’s patients generally have around a 60-90% chance of a successful recovery.

To learn more, or to have your jaw joint problem diagnosed, why not call the Red Sky at The Fountain Health Clinic on 01032 325 678 where one of our friendly team members will be able to help book a complimentary consultation for you.


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