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Dr Nick Malamas

How Does TMJ Therapy Work?

July 25, 2022
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Posted By: Clifton Hill Dental

Do you grind your teeth during sleep, wake up with splitting headaches or have consistently sore jaws? If so, you may consider visiting a TMJ Clifton Hill dentist for TMJ assessment and treatment. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects the lower jaw to the skull. When you have TMJ problems, it can impact your life in seemingly endless ways. TMJ dysfunction or inflammation can lead to migraines, neck pain, jaw discomfort, difficulty chewing and more. 

Dr Nick Malamas is a Clifton Hill dentist who offers TMJ therapy for temporomandibular joint dysfunction and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). At Clifton Hill Dental, our primary goal is to help our patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy, comfortable smiles! 

Before getting into how TMJ therapy works, let’s first review common causes and symptoms so you better understand why we use the treatment we do. 

Common Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction 

Though the cause of TMJ isn’t always identifiable, some factors can contribute to its development:

  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Growth and development disorders
  • Alcohol and tobacco use 
  • Misaligned teeth 
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Certain medications 

There are many associated signs and symptoms of TMJ, including:

  • Popping and clicking jaws 
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain 
  • Jaw fatigue 
  • Lockjaw 
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) 
  • Difficulty chewing or discomfort when chewing 
  • Tension or soreness in the jaw 

When the jaw muscles are inflamed, the jaw cannot comfortably sit in the joints, leading to pain, swelling and deterioration. However, relaxing the jaw muscles can help improve function and comfort. 

How Does TMJ Therapy Work?

At Clifton Hill Dental, we work closely with our patients to help them manage lifestyle choices to minimise their TMJ symptoms. We also recommend a sleep study to rule out sleep apnoea, which can exacerbate TMJ and bruxism. Our team can also provide resources and instruction on relaxation exercises and stress management. 

In addition to lifestyle adjustments and jaw relaxation, a custom-made nightguard can help protect the teeth and jaw from bruxism. Over time, teeth grinding and clenching can wear down your teeth and jaw, resulting in inflammation. 

Dr Malamas can create a custom-designed nightguard to achieve ideal alignment and provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. Unlike store-bought nightguards, customised ones fit the unique contours of your mouth, making them easier to wear and breathe while sleeping. 

TMJ Clifton Hill Dentist Near Me 

If you have TMJ pain or discomfort, we invite you to contact our dental practice to book a consultation. Dr Malamas will examine your teeth, gums and jaws, screen you for TMJ and bruxism and create a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
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