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TMJ /Jaw Pain /Grinding

TMJ /Jaw Pain /Grinding in Kingston Upon Thames

This misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, cracked teeth/fillings, tooth wear, bite marks inside the cheek, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, and even back pain.

If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or to refer you to a specialist if necessary.

Treatment can include the following:
  1. Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a customised plastic appliance that fits over your teeth and is worn at night.
  2. When the device is worn, your teeth are in a position where your facial muscles are relaxed, preventing grinding and taking the pressure off your TMJ. The device also protects the teeth, preventing them from becoming worn down by grinding.
  3. Physiotherapy –our physiotherapist specialised in TMJ provides treatment and management following in-depth consultations and analysis of the jaw joint and surrounding musculature.
  4. Botulinum toxin - In extremely dilute form Botulinum toxin, is used as an injectable medication on the masseter muscle.

Depending on the origin and severity of your problem, you may need orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery. Other solutions may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting bridgework that you may have. The most important thing to do is to see your dentist as soon as possible so that your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.

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Practice Information

Kingston Dental Clinic
41A Fife Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1SF

Call today: 020 8439 1770
Email Us: info@kingstondentalclinic.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED