The Temperomandibular Joint connects your jaw to your skull, and allows the movement needed for speaking, eating and facial expression – think of it like a facial hinge. There are two on either side of your face and although small, they are mighty and can cause a whole host of issues, usually diagnosed under the term Temperomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) or TMJ Disorder. It manifests as a range of symptoms including headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears and jaw clicking, along with many other neck and facial discomfort.
If left untreated and ignored, the problem does not always heal on its own and in some cases it progresses and gets worse over time. The stress and tension these disorders create can be felt in everything from mild discomfort to severe pain throughout the body. Whilst this is very unpleasant, don’t panic, as it is quite common.
The Dental Room can perform tests to correctly diagnose whether or not you are suffering from TMD. These include x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and in some cases dental casts to assess the teeth. We know surgery isn’t what everyone dreams of, so we work closely with specialist physiotherapists using proven treatment methods, to try and treat these conditions using other methods.
Find out more about TMD here.