Jaw Joint Problems

Jaw Joint Problems

Do you suffer from headaches, grind your teeth, have limited opening of your jaw and experience pain when chewing?

Jaw joint problems affect about 40% of people at some time in their life, common symptoms include;

  • Pain – usually a dull ache in and around the ear, cheek bone or neck, headache – especially in the morning.
  • Jaw joint clicking – this may make a sound and you may feel a cracking, grating, crunching or popping sensation.
  • Jaw locking – either open or closed – being unable to open your mouth properly.

jaw joint problems

jaw joint problems

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Your Dentist Will Help!

Jaw joint problems are usually diagnosed and treated by your dentist. At Lonsdale Dental Practice we will investigate what is causing your problems through a thorough jaw examination and lifestyle assessment and advise which treatments may be best for you.

Treatment depends on the type of jaw joint problem you have. Usually we will be able to help relieve your symptoms with simple treatments such as;

  • Refraining from yawning too widely or choosing soft foods.
  • Jaw exercises to improve the way that the joint works and to strengthen the muscles surrounding it.
  • Counselling and relaxation therapy to help stress-induced TMJD
  • Painkillers, heat pad or ice to help ease the pain
  • Personalised mouth splint or mouth guard to prevent grinding in your sleep at night.