TMJ Disorders are mild to severely debilitating discomfort in the face and jaw and even neck, shoulders and back related to dysfunction of the working together of the upper and lower jaws. People often run into a hard time getting a diagnosis, and an even harder time getting treatment and relief.
In addition, malocclusion or dental occlusion is when the biting surfaces of the teeth do not properly fit together. The way teeth grow out of the jaw is influenced by a number of factors, as genetics, shape of the jaw, and certain environmental conditions can lead to uneven variations in biting surface. Other habits like grinding or clenching teeth apply excessive damaging loads to the teeth and dental implants (if present). It can be particularly harmful to restorations like cosmetic veneers.
If left untreated these variations in jaw structure can eventually cause problems with biting, gum health, speech development, and the ability to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Symptoms of malocclusion include:
- Excessive clenching and grinding of your teeth
- Stiff or tender jaw especially in the morning
- Severe headaches and stiff neck and shoulder
- Difficulty and pain when moving your jaw
The management of TMJ varies, simple self-help remedies like heat and cold packs, limit jaw movement with bruxism exercises and soft diet do not treat TMJ long-term, temporary relief may be found. However, professional TMJ treatment by your cosmetic dentist will certainly help.
It involves many folds including the use of medications, bite correction and dental appliances / bite guard. Such appliances may also help improve your bite and the ability for the lower jaw to fall properly into the temporomandibular joint socket.
Snoring affects large number of adults. It can place great stress on relationships, affecting the individual as well as the sleep of partners and family. One of the common causes for snoring is obstructive sleep apnoea. The treatment of snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea with an oral appliance is safe, painless and effective. This treatment does not involve surgery. Furthermore it can change lives.
At Smile the dental surgery London we use specifically fabricated appliances (bite guard, gum shield, sleeping devices) to resolve your malocclusion and other associated problems. Dr Daoudi specialist and cosmetic dentist is a highly experienced with this type of problem and accepts referrals from many dentists in London to manage occlusion, bite and TMJ problems.
It is crucial to correct any TMJ or biting problem prior to the provision of complex treatments like dental implants or cosmetic smile makeover. The provided restorations e.g. cosmetic veneers can be particularly vulnerable to damaging loads with TMJ.