If you suffer from TMJ Disorder or other jaw problems, then we would be delighted to help. Our experienced dentists have a deep understanding of jaw anatomy and function, enabling them to effectively diagnose underlying causes of pain and restricted movement. These can then be addressed with the correct management and treatment. Our TMJ Disorder assessment costs from only £95.
Temporomandibular Joint (commonly known as TMJ) Disorder refers to a range of conditions related to pain in the jaw muscles. Jaw problems can be extremely unpleasant and affect around one in every ten people in the UK at some point during their lives.
As well as causing substantial discomfort in the jaw itself, the condition can also lead to pain in the surrounding ear, cheek, neck and shoulder areas. Other symptoms include a restriction in normal jaw movement, severe headaches and a grating sound during eating or talking.
At Eledent Smiles, we have the expertise to identify the underlying problem and advise on how to best treat your condition.
During an assessment appointment we will carefully examine your jaw, mouth, neck and head as well as ask you about your medical history and the symptoms you are experiencing. Together this will allow us to determine the underlying issues involved and to recommend on the most appropriate action. Surgery may be necessary in some instances and we will refer you to a specialist if this is the case.
Any treatment that is recommended will depend on what we discover at the assessment. If the underlying issue is found to be teeth clenching or grinding then a bite splint may well be recommended to address the condition. Orthodontic braces may also be advised if the problem is found to be misalignment of the teeth or jaw.
If the case is more complex and we cannot treat you at the practice then we will refer you to the most appropriate specialist or physician. It usually quite rare for surgery to be needed to treat TMJ disorder and it is generally only used in particularly serious cases and when other treatment options have failed.
It is possible, in less severe cases, for the symptoms to be self-managed and for the condition to improve on its own. Some jaw joint problems can get better in under six months without further issue. To aid recovery it is advised to eat softer foods that require less chewing. Resting the jaw as much as possible will give relief from pain and allow the joint to heal quicker.
Stress should be minimised as this can lead to teeth grinding, a common contributory factor to jaw pain. Bad habits such as pen chewing and nail biting should also be avoided.
Applying heat to the affected area can give relief from pain, as can massaging the jaw muscles. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can also be used to relieve pain and your dentist will also advise you of other medicinal options if appropriate.
We aim to make our treatments as affordable as possible and ensure our prices are competitive compared to other local dentists. Our TMJ Disorder assessment costs from only £95. Please call 01344 297 001 for more details.