TMJ disorder

TMJ Disorder is also known as Temperomandibular Joint Disorder. De Necker Dentistry have years of experience in treating patients with TMJ disorders.

TMJ disorder occurs when the patient experiences problems affecting the jaw joint which usually results in pain or limited movement of the jaw. The problem usually occurs to the area situated in front of the ear and is part of the lower jaw articulating into the glenoid fossa.

If you have some of the following TMJ symptoms, De Necker Dentistry would advise that you make an appointment with us as soon as possible:

• Clicking of the joint
• Inability to open your mouth wide
• Pain in the joint and surrounded face
• Severe persistent headaches
• Pain behind the ear
• Earache
• Sleep disorders
• Depression which does not react to medication
• Chronic tiredness
• Clenching of the teeth especially at night
• Excessive sweat problem.

If you have teeth missing or have a very narrow upper arch, this may contribute to the position of the lower jaw, placing pressure and compression on this area.  TMJ treatment may take up to 3 years in some cases to help healing, repositioning of the lower jaw and decompressing the condyle (usually forms part of a joint as is the round raised area at the end of a bone).

TMJ Treatment may include procedures like:

• Splint on the lower jaw
• Developing the upper jaw with orthopaedic appliances
• Full orthodontic treatment.

For a full examination, your dentist will conduct a series of x-rays along with an hour appointment to explain the TMJ treatment.

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