What is TMD? What treatments are available for Grinding and Clenching?
TMD stands for ‘Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome’ , and describes symptoms associated with jaw joint dysfunction.
Grinding and clenching of teeth is a common condition and often leads to tooth wear, stiff jaws, and jaw ache.
Both conditions can occur simultaneously or by themselves, and both are due to stress in either the jaw joint or jaw muscles.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Oral symptoms can include...
- Jaw joint pain
- Stiff jaw
- Clicking / grating sounds coming from the joint
- Limited mouth opening
- Jaw moving to one side on opening the mouth
- Grinding and clenching of teeth
Other symptoms can include...
- Pain around the ear
- Neck pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Ear blockages
- Ear pain on flying
What are the treatments for TMD?
Avoid opening jaw wide
Are there any modern treatments for this condition?
One of our dentists, Dr Fareed Khan, based in our Putney branch, has been researching modern treatments for these conditions for about the last 5 years. He has successfully treated many patients with these conditions.
The treatment involves digital scanning of the teeth to produce a 3D virtual model of the dentition. Dr Khan then studies the virtual model and then designs appliances that are 3D printed from this model. The patient wears the appliances for a few months until the bite is corrected such that the strain on the jaw joint and tension in the jaw muscles are permanently relieved. Dr Khan is developing a course to teach other dentists and doctors about this new technique so they are aware of modern treatments available for these conditions.
If you suffer from either TMD and/or grinding or clenching of your teeth, and would like a free consultation to see if your condition can be improved, please contact our Putney Branch.Book Your Free Consultation