TMJ describes the pain caused by the incorrect function of the muscles that move the jaw and joints which connect to the lower jaw to the skull. TMJ may be caused by injury to the teeth or jaws, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding or clenching, poor posture, stress and arthritis. In many cases, the symptoms can be resolved by a removable appliance (or splint) that your dentist can provide.
Our dentists know that TMJ can become debilitating for some people. The jaw is one of the most used joints in our body and it is essential that it is functioning correctly and not causing you unnecessary pain and discomfort.
What you need to know
At your initial consultation, you will be asked about your dental and medical history and the type of pain you’re experiencing and how long it has been occurring.
We currently offer two options for the treatment of people suffering with TMJ:
One commonly used option is a splint that acts to prevent tooth to tooth contact by creating a barrier between the teeth. This will help to ease grinding and clenching and encourage the jaw to relax.
If your dentist recommends a splint for you, an impression will be taken of your teeth and a splint will be made from this. Once the splint is made you will return to have it fitted and adjusted as needed and full instructions for use and care will be advised to you.
Once you start using your splint you may feel some normal discomfort while you adjust to it but this should settle after a short amount of time.
Another option to assist people with TMJ is Botox. This is carried out by a specially trained dentist who will inject Botox into your forehead, temple and jaw muscles. Each treatment session typically takes 10-30 minutes and some improvement can be felt within a day or two of treatment, although it usually takes several days to feel relief. The results can last 3-6 months.