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TMJ Treatment and Surgery in Belconnen
The dentists at Belconnen Dental Centre treat many mouth, teeth and jaw conditions, including TMJ. The full name for this uncomfortable condition is temporomandibular joint disorder.
About TMJ Treatment
People experience TMJ disorder when the joint between the lower jawbone, or mandible, and the rest of the skull becomes swollen or misaligned. Although this may sound like a minor health problem, TMJ can actually be a root cause behind:
Severe headaches or migraines
Chronic jaw or neck pain
Difficulty chewing or opening and closing the mouth
Dizziness or vertigo
Noises such as popping or grinding when the jaw bone moves
A misaligned bite
If you experience one or more of these symptoms and suspect that TMJ may be a factor, consult one of the dentists at Belconnen Dental Center. We’ll determine whether you are experiencing TMJ disorder and recommend reliable treatment options to reduce your pain.
TMJ Treatment Options
Patients who are found to have TMJ problems typically find relief through one of the following options.
1. Dental Appliances
The least invasive option involves creating a custom dental splint or mouth guard. A patient wears the appliance to gently encourage the jaw bone to align properly and comfortably with the skull bones above. TMJ dental appliances can also help relieve stress on ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves in the jaw area.
Belconnen Dental Centre offers injectable botulinum toxin as a short-term solution to severe TMJ pain. These injectables typically relieve TMJ pain for up to four months. Ask a dentist more about this option.
3. TMJ Surgery
For patients with severe TMJ disorder who desire a lasting solution, our dentists may recommend dental surgery. We can correct any tooth misalignment that causes TMJ through various means, such as replacing lost teeth or reshaping teeth to improve how your top and bottom rows of teeth fit together.
Treat TMJ at Our Dental Office
Trust the dentists at Belconnen Dental when you believe TMJ is causing your jaw pain. Call us on (02) 6251 5635 to make an appointment.