Treatment of Jaw Problems and Headaches

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treatments for jaw problems and headachesTemporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Syndrome is a condition in which the patient has painful temporomandibular (jaw) joints, tenderness in the muscles that move the jaw, clicking of the joints, and limitation of jaw movement. Stress, resulting in clenching the jaws and grinding the teeth, can be one causal factor.

We have been treating cases of “Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Syndrome” at our practices across South Yorkshire for many years. Symptoms can include;

Causes of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Syndrome can include;

Treatment options to consider include;

  1. Some exercises may be helpful in reducing symptoms. Psychological stress is also strongly linked with jaw problems, reducing this is an important consideration.
  2. Provision of a Soft Bite-Guard can be considered, which is a horse shoe shaped clear silicone coverage for either upper or more usually lower teeth. This creates a thin, resilient protection for both upper and lower teeth, so you are not able to wear (grind away) your teeth and fillings during night time wearing. This however does not relieve the stresses set up in your jaw joints, and is perhaps more diagnostic than a long term treatment. It is more usually used to prevent breakages in the mouth due to grinding movements.
  3. A hard lower or upper removable bite raising appliance can be made with smooth clear resin. This needs to be designed especially for you and allows your teeth to slide easily over each other during sleep. This prevents the teeth from locking together which can overload the jaw joints and is especially useful at times of stress, thus preventing nocturnal bruxism (night tooth grinding). This will need “balancing in” to ensure correct movements and loadings.

Please Note: Treatment with parts 1. and 3. followed by a period of review is essential prior to any hospital referral (which is usually then not necessary).

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