Jaw Joint problems

Do you suffer with any of the following?

  • Facial Pain
  • Chronic earache
  • Lock Jaw
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Neck and shoulder pain

You may be suffering with TMJ dysfunction up to one in four people suffer with this.

The cartilage in the jaw joint is thought to slip forward because of over-use of the muscels surrounding the jaw. This over-use commonly produces tightening of the muscles and may occur as a result of chewing habits, such as grinding or clenching the teeth when under stress or at night. Nail biting or holding things between the teeth can also cause jaw joint problems. Less commonly missing back teeth, an uneven bite or an injury to the jaw can lead to the problem.

What are the treatments?

Painkillers – anti-inflammatory medication (eg Nurofen) is good and can be taken as either tables or applied as a gel on the outside of the joint.

Mouth guard can be made with your dentist for you to wear at night which will help if you are grinding or clenching you may be unaware you can ask a loved one if they can hear you grinding as this might wake them up. Missing back teeth can also be replaced by your dentist either with Implants or denture which you can discuss this at your appointment.

Relaxation therapy and learning techniques to control tension and stress also avoiding yawning to much as over stretching of the jaw can contribute to this. Jaw exercises can be discussed with your dentist or GP.

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