TMJ Dentist Sydney
Do you suffer from chronic and persistent headaches? Your medical symptom could be due to a dental condition.
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Temporomandibular disorder
Through treating your TMD the aim is to alleviate pain and restore function to your jaw. A custom-made appliance may help to ease headaches and treat sleep apnoea.
What is TMD?
If you suffer from persistent headaches or back, neck and shoulder pain, it is possible you may have TMD. This condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which is located just in front of the ear. When this joint does not function properly it can cause a wide range of other issues in the body, which are often passed off as simplistic symptoms.
“Every patient comes in with the expectation that you’re going to fix the problem. However, you’re not going to fix it in isolation, you look at the whole picture”
Professor Jim Ironside
What causes TMD?
TMD is often caused by malocclusion which can be in the form of overbites, under bites or cross bites. Malocclusions (depending on their complexity) can take some time to solve, however Professor Ironside will assess your condition and give you an estimated treatment duration based on your individual needs.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
TMD can be difficult to diagnose because of the variety of its symptoms. Fortunately, Professor Jim Ironside knows what to look for when patients come to him for help. Correct diagnosis is the first step to helping you alleviate your symptoms by treating the source of your pain.
The symptoms of TMD can include one or more of the following:
- Headaches or migraines
- Jaw pain
- Clicking in the jaw
- Facial pain
- Sensitive or sore teeth
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
TMD and sleep apnoea
Sleep apnoea refers to obstructive sleep often caused by throat muscles relaxing and restricting the airways. As a result, a sufferer is forced awake by the brain to start breathing again. This causes repeatedly interrupted sleep.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnoea, a visit to Professor Ironside’s practice might help. Studies have revealed correction of the malocclusion can relieve sleep apnoea.
Read more about a dental solution to sleep apnoea.
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Frequently asked questions about TMD
What is TMD?
TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) identifies a misalignment in the jaw joint.
When the temporomandibular joint (the joint that is located just in front of the ears) is not functioning properly it can cause a wide range of issues such as headaches, jaw pain and malocclusion (misaligned bite).
As the body is all connected, this misalignment can negatively affect other parts of the body. This condition is often misdiagnosed as its symptoms can be put down to stress, random headaches, etc.
Professor Ironside knows what to look for in TMD and will conduct a thorough assessment to correctly identify this issue.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Many symptoms of TMD are easily ignored, however if you suffer from the following it is important to have your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) assessed
Some of these symptoms include headaches, migraines, jaw pain, clicking in the jaw, facial pain, sensitive or sore teeth, pain in the neck, shoulders and back, ringing in the ears and dizziness.
In severe cases TMD can limit the foods that you can eat, decrease the amount you can open your mouth and interfere with daily activities.
Can any prosthodontist diagnose TMJ/TMD?
For the best possible diagnosis and medical treatment, we recommend you consult a qualified prosthodontist like Professor Ironside, who has a thorough understanding of TMD. Professor Ironside can provide you with the correct diagnosis for more effective treatment and alleviation of painful symptoms.
Can TMJ/TMD cause cancer?
Even though TMJ disorder is at times associated with jaw or salivary cancer, for instance, TMJ disorder has not been directly linked to cancer.
Can TMJ/TMD be cured without surgery?
In some cases, yes, there are non-surgical treatments for treating TMD such as mouthpieces and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). However, it is best to consult a professional as treatment options depend on the severity of your condition.