Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition affecting the movement of the jaw. It’s not usually serious and generally gets better on its own.
Signs and symptoms of TMD include:
TMD can also stop you getting a good night’s sleep. It is often caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night. There are a group of muscles called the muscles of mastication that act to close your mouth. If these muscles are over worked via clenching or grinding they become fatigued and respire anaerobically producing lactic acid and other metabolites that cause inflammation and pain in the muscles.
TMJ is often temporary and can be extremely painful. At Gwynne Dental we will advise the most conservative treatments first such as painkillers, heat, massage and if there is no improvement in symptoms suggest making you a soft, flexible mouth guard. Please get in touch with us should you have any concerns.
Most commonly the pain is related to patients clenching or grinding their teeth at night. The muscles that close the mouth called the muscles of mastication become over worked and produce lactic acid. This can be extremely painful. Relaxing these muscles leads to the pain going.
Clenching your teeth can be a stress related issue.