Jaw Joint Pain
Symptoms such as tender facial muscles, restricted opening, ear pain, frequent headaches and jaw clicking may be a sign of Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome.
Pain in your jaw joint or facial muscles is debilitating and can affect your quality of life. More extreme cases involving painful or locking episodes may affect your ability to eat, speak and smile.
There are many possible causes for this pain, including:
Wear and tear on the joint
Grinding or clenching of your teeth (also known as bruxism)
Misalignment of your upper and lower jaws
Dental treatment can make a real difference in alleviating the pain and helping the jaw to relax.
At Morgan Street Dental Centre, we aim to reduce the frequency and duration of painful episodes, and improve the quality of your life. This may be achieved through self care regimes, medication, the use of night guards, and in some cases full mouth rehabilitation may be required for severely worn down dentition.
Night guards, also called “occlusal splints”, are types of removable dental appliances that are worn to protect the teeth and restorations. Custom-fitted to the upper or lower teeth, these dental appliances also can be used to manage jaw dysfunction and pain, as well as tooth-grinding. People who suffer from night-time teeth clenching or grinding should wear night guards to help lessen wear and tear on the teeth and restorations, and reduce the possibility of tooth fractures. They can also stabilise occlusion or create space prior to restoration procedures.
If you would like to know more about how we can manage jaw joint pain or tooth grinding, please call us today for a consultation.