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TMD Treatment In Adelaide

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or your jaw joint. It refers to any pain, tenderness, or dysfunction in the joint and surrounding muscles, which can affect the movement of the jaw. As the joint is both a hinging and sliding joint, it is more susceptible than other joints to wear and tear over time.

Are you experiencing pain or clicking in your jaw joint? Are you finding it hard to do daily activities such as chewing and talking? Do you suffer from headaches as a result of clenching and grinding your teeth?At Burnside Dental Practice, we offer TMD treatment in Adelaide for patients experiencing symptoms of TMD. The cost of TMD treatment will ultimately depend on which treatment option is required. Before proceeding with a teeth or jaw clenching treatment, our dentist will explain all costs involved to you. Insurance may cover part or all of the cost of TMD and bruxism treatment, so it’s worth enquiring with your health insurance provider.We can help you from the symptoms of TMD, including jaw clenching treatment, bruxism headache treatment and teeth clenching treatment.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is when you unconsciously grind your teeth. This usually occurs at night, though some people also grind their teeth during the day. It’s more common to happen during stressful times. While you might be unaware of your teeth grinding, your dentist will often notice symptoms of bruxism during regular visits.

Symptoms of bruxism include:

It’s difficult to diagnose the cause of bruxism, but often it is related to misalignment of the teeth, stress, or anxiety. Bruxism is a serious disorder that can lead to severe damage to the teeth and enamel, constant pain in the jaw and ears could even cause the loss of a tooth.

The Difference Between TMD and Bruxism

TMD and bruxism are often interchangeably used to describe similar symptoms that affect the temporomandibular joint, but there is a difference between the two. Bruxism refers to the grinding and clenching, which is a symptom that TMB sufferers often experience. It’s possible for someone to have both TMD and bruxism, though not everyone with bruxism may suffer from TMD.

At Burnside Dental Practice in Adelaide, we offer jaw and teeth clenching treatments, and can provide relief for both bruxism, and TMD.

Abnormal teeth wear and chipped teeth, sensitive teeth caused by enamel wear, pain and tension in the jaw and ears. It’s difficult to diagnose the cause of bruxism, but often it is related to misalignment of the teeth, stress or anxiety. Bruxism is a serious disorder that can lead to severe damage to the teeth and enamel, constant pain in the jaw and ears and could even cause the loss of a tooth.

What Causes TMD?

The main cause of TMD is currently unknown, however there are certain contributing factors that may make a person more likely to experience TMD. These factors can include:

Stress, causes a person to grind or clench their teeth and strain the temporomandibular joint

Malocclusion, which is the abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth and affects a person’s bite

Dislocation of the jaw: when the lower part of the jaw moves out of its normal position

Injury to the head neck or jaw which in turn affects the movement of the jaw

Arthritis in the jaw joint, Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects TMD

Symptoms of TMD?

The symptoms of TMD can vary between each individual. Some of the most common symptoms that cause people to see treatment for TMD include:

What Does TMD Treatment Involve?

There are several options available for TMD treatment, depending on its cause and severity. If stress is suspected as a contributing factor, your dentist may recommend simple lifestyle changes in order to reduce stress levels.

For TMD sufferers who are experiencing damage to their teeth caused by teeth grinding and clenching, your dentist may suggest a custom night guard that’s worn while you’re sleeping in order to protect teeth from damage. Night guards can also prevent painful symptoms, such as headaches.

For severe TMD cases, injectables may be used to relax the affected muscles and allow for a better range of movement.

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