DO YOU GRIND YOUR TEETH?

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DO YOU HAVE REGULAR HEADACHES?
DO YOU EXPERIENCE RINGING IN YOUR EARS?
THIS COULD BE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER!! (TMJ)


The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull which are in front of each ear. It allows for your jaw to move up and down, side to side so you can talk, chew and yawn. Tmj is the most frequently used joint in the body.

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CAUSES OF TMJ DISORDER:

  • Grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Shifting of the disc within the joint
  • Arthritis of the joint
  • Stress
  • Chewing on tough food eg. Biltong

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain in your face, jaw, neck and shoulders
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ear)
  • Toothache sensation

TREATMENT:

  • Talk to your dentist. Are these true TMI symptoms?
  • Medication such as anti-inflammatories, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants
  • Bite plate to use at night
  • Heat
  • Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy treatment includes mobilisations, exercises, electrotherapy, myofacial release and jaw exercises, postural correction. If you experience any of the above symptoms, please contact us for a consultation.

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