Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The joint that connects the jaw to the skull.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint TMJ is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is located directly in front of your ears. Pain in this joint and difficulty in moving your jaws is called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).

PKWY Dental Practice provides personalized and effective TMJ treatment procedures in Singapore.

What causes TMD pain?

The cause for TMD disorder is unknown. However, dentists believe that it may be caused by any of the following reasons:

  • Impact in the jaw area
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • A general misalignment
  • Tension of the facial muscles
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress / Anxiety / Depression

Paying attention to the way your jaw feels and functions can help you decide on the next best steps to take.

What are Temporomandibular Joint Disorder symptoms?

TMD affects many people differently. Many sufferers end up seeing multiple TMJ doctors for various other symptoms before realizing that they are originating from the TMJ. Symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness around jaw, cheeks, ears, and neck
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Popping, grating, or clicking jaw
  • Earache
  • Inability to open jaw completely, locked jaws
  • Painful chewing
  • Tired feeling in face
  • Change of facial expression
  • A change in how your lower and upper teeth fit together, e.g., can’t make one side of one’s bite or the other meet.

  • If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure you schedule a visit with a TMJ specialist near you to ensure your mouth is functioning properly and no care is needed.

    How does dentist treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

    1. Home remedies

      • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
      • Hot/cold pack to relieve any pain or swelling
      • Avoiding awkward jaw movements and clenching or grinding will help relieve tension.
      • Relax technique to reduce stress and anxiety

    2. A customised mouth guard to protect your teeth against harmful grinding and clenching while you’re sleeping.
    3. Trigger point injections may be used to temporarily relieve pain in your jaw and relax the muscles and joints.

    TMD disorder can be uncomfortable and bothersome. But we will be able to help you relieve any discomfort you may be feeling. Remember never to rely on a self-diagnosis for TMD. The wrong TMJ treatment could further damage your jaw.

    If you or someone you love are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment today. We are armed with a team of highly trained professionals and TMJ Specialists in Singapore that are ready to help make your mouth it’s healthiest yet!

    For appointment or query, please call (65) 6836 9808 or fill up the form below.
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