Combatting jaw and headache problems 

TMD affects a third of all adults at some point in their lives and refer do complications that impact upon your jaw and the muscles controlling it.


The difference between TMD and TMJ

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) actually refers to jaw-related pain. You have a TMJ on each side of your head and it is comprised of bones, cartilage and muscles. TMD on the other hand, is the condition from which one suffers.

Orthodontic treatment does not stop at correcting misaligned teeth. Many people forget that an uneven bite (or malocclusion) can cause chronic headaches and jaw pain.

An imperfect bite is a common occurrence and symptoms can present themselves very gradually, making it a difficult thing to diagnose.

Possible symptoms

  • TMJ (Temporo-mandibular joint) problems. Have you noticed a grinding or clicking in your jaw joints as well as a ringing sound in your ears (open your mouth wide can also be a source of pain).
  • Muscle spasms – When you have a poorly positioned jaw, your muscles have to work much harder and can become tired, leading to spasms. Symptoms that accompany also include headaches (notably first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening), pain in your neck, shoulders and pain behind your neck.
  • Teeth & gums – Your teeth may become heavily chipped, worn or flattened because of constant teeth grinding and this could also cause any fillings to fall out and your gums to recede.

Are there permanent treatment options for grinding and clenching?

Tooth adjustment – The positioning of the slopes guiding your teeth can be a treatment for repositioning the jaw.

Replacing teeth – If you have a missing tooth, here at Cliftonville we have several treatment options including implants, dentures and bridges available.

It is important that you keep an eye on the development of your child’s jaw, as the earlier complications are spotted, the easier is will be for them to undergo treatment. You should aim to take you child to appointments at least every 6 months.


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