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).

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 TMD symptoms?

TMD affects many people differently. Many sufferers end up seeing multiple 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 dentist to ensure your mouth is functioning properly and no care is needed.

    How does dentist treat TMJ?
    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 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 that are ready to help make your mouth it’s healthiest yet!

    Our Prosthodontics Team

    Dr Teo is an experienced specialist in dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers and dental implants. He provides patient with teeth grinding problem, full mouth rehabilitation treating their functional problems such as chewing. Dr Teo delivers precise, high quality ceramic dental restorations in a single visit.

    Together with other specialists, Dr Teo provide treatment for patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD); traumatic injuries; and complex restorations for patients who have undergone surgical radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.

    Dr Teo Juin Wei
    Prosthodontist

    Dr Wong is an experienced specialist in dentofacial trauma and surgery. She is an expert in wisdom teeth removal, dental implant treatment, corrective jaw surgery, management of oral facial trauma and infections.

    She is also well versed with the management of patients who have serious systemic conditions, such as heart disease, head and neck cancer/irradiation, anti-coagulant and bisphosphonate therapy.

    Dr Wong qualified from the University of Malaya in 1995 and obtained her Master of Dental Surgery in her chosen field of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 2002. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the subsequent year and was conferred Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore in 2005.

    Dr Wong Wai Yee
    Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

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