TMD & TMJ Treatment Glasgow
TMD - Temporomandibular Disorder
Do you have a clicking jaw, constant headaches or pain in your face, shoulders and teeth? TMD is a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint (TMJ) and all of the muscles that control chewing. It is unclear how many people are affected by this debilitating condition however it is clear that most people go undiagnosed.
What are the causes of TMD?
It is clear that severe injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint can cause TMD. A knock to the head, for example, can damage the disc, disrupting the smooth motion of the jaw and causing pain or locking. Arthritis in the jaw joint may also arise from injury. It is becoming more widely recognised within the medical community that mal-occlusion (bad bite) can cause problems with the TMJ.
Symptoms Associated With TMD
In many cases, the untreated condition can lead to many symptoms of pain around the face, head, neck, shoulders and down the back. The fact that the jaw joint is the most complex and used joint in your body means that we should be aware of any condition that may be a cause for concern.
Types of TMD and Symptoms of TMD
TMD means a dysfunction with the TMJ and can be split into three types:
- Myofascial pain, which is the most common type of TMD affecting the muscles that control the movement of the jaw joint and the muscles of the head neck and shoulders.
- Dislocated jaw joint, displaced disc or damage to the condyles
- Degenerative joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ or osteoarthritis.
A person may have one or more of these dysfunctions at any one time.
During a physical examination of the TMJ the muscles are palpated around the area of the jaw joint when opening and closing to determine the severity of the click and when the click occurs in the opening-closing sequence. Also to assess the muscles for any tenderness caused by the dysfunction.
The BioPak centre is the first centre that can accurately diagnose TMD. Using the latest in diagnostic equipment and boasting a real understanding of this condition.
Symptoms of TMD
- Pain in the head, neck and shoulders
- Pain in the teeth when biting
- Sore muscles when chewing
- Limited movement of the jaw
- Clicking/popping in the jaw joint
- Sudden change in the way the teeth meet
If the teeth do not function in a balanced way then the jaw joint will suffer as a consequence. Although clicking or popping of the jaw joint affects a large number of the population, in most cases the condition does not require any treatment. However, this can be an indicator that the balance to the system (teeth and jaw joint) is not correct. Untreated symptoms can worsen and problems within the joint can progress into more serious conditions.
Other symptoms that could be related to TMD are earache, dizziness and ringing in the ears although this is not yet proven, however, it is important to be aware of. The team at The Berkeley Clinic will be happy to answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment to have these tests done at your convenience.
Dental Finance to spread the cost of TMJ & TMD Treatment
To help our patients manage the costs of cosmetic dental work, such as having TMJ symptoms, The Berkeley Clinic offers a wide range of dental finance options that helps make your desired treatment more accessible and affordable.
With our flexible dental finance plans, you can spread the cost of your treatment over several months without accruing any interest. Our finance partners have different payment plans to suit your situation, including short-term 0% interest loans as well as interest-bearing options at 9.9% for those wishing to spread the cost over a longer period. Whatever help or support you need when it comes to paying for your private dental treatment, our finance plans can work for you.
Dental finance is the perfect way to make necessary dental procedures more affordable. It can also be the solution to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Get in touch today to find out more about dental finance in Glasgow.
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