Headache & TMJ

TMJ Therapy Centre in the Melbourne CBD

If you have frequent headaches, earaches, tender jaw muscles or dull facial pains, this pain and discomfort may be related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that work to move the joint. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is not a specific disease, however patients with TMD can experience a range of symptoms including:

  • Pain in or around the ears
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain when yawning or chewing
  • Headache
  • Jaws locked, stuck or go out

If you’re looking for TMJ treatment in Melbourne, our TMJ dysfunction dentist might send you for a CBCT to check the TMJ. TMD can also be associated with whiplash, trauma or parafunctional habits such as grinding. Our TMJ dentist in Melbourne is particularly familiar with TMD and its treatment options. One of the suggested treatments is a day orthotic appliance to decompress the TMJ and reduce the inflammation, with the symptoms commonly subsiding after using a day appliance. Our TMJ dysfunction dentist might suggest that the patient wear an orthotic appliance during the day and night for few weeks, but this will depend on the patient’s individual needs.

What is the TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a jaw joints located at the back of the lower jaw, known as the mandible, that connects the mandible with the upper jaw and the temporal bone of the skull. The TMJ acts as a hinge between the jaw and the temporal bone, allowing people to speak, chew and yawn. It can be difficult or even painful to move the jaw when something is preventing this joint from functioning correctly.

What Are the Most Common Causes of TMJ Dysfunction?

  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism)
  • An uneven bite, possibly caused by worn or damaged teeth or new fillings, dentures or crowns
  • Injury or trauma to the jaw, such as whiplash or a hit to the head
  • Stress that leads to excessive clenching of the teeth
  • Osteoarthritis and other types of degenerative joint conditions
  • Arthritis in the TMJ

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction?

The symptoms of TMJ disorders can be varied, and some of these symptoms can be signs of other health issues you may have. If you have any of the below symptoms, it’s imperative that you book an appointment with our jaw pain dentist in Melbourne for an evaluation and TMJ popping treatment.

  • You hear clicking, popping or grating sounds whenever you move your jaw
  • It’s difficult to open and close your mouth when you eat or yawn
  • Your jaw keeps locking
  • Your jaw muscles experience pain or discomfort when you eat or yawn
  • You experience frequent headaches, earaches, backaches or neck aches
  • Your teeth have become worn or sensitive

Make an Appointment Today

Family Dental on Collins aims to provide the relief you seek for your TMJ issues. If you’ve been experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of TMD, such as headaches or TMJ pain in the jaw, call our TMJ therapy centre on (03) 9654 5745 or send an email to office@familydentaloncollins.com.au to book an appointment with our TMJ expert in Melbourne.