All the team at Tooth Co Orthodontics wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Smales Farm Ortho and Eastridge Ortho are closed for the Xmas break from the 21st December and our normal hours resume on the 9th of January. You can still book appointments online for new patients in 2023. In the unlikely event that you have an orthodontic emergency during the Xmas period our dental clinics at Smales Farm and Eastridge are open 9am – 4pm. If you need to book an appointment you can call Smales Farm on 094109971 or Eastridge on 095212021. Have a safe holiday and see you next year.
Temporomandibular disorder is a condition where the mouth is painful and uncomfortable while being opened or closed because it affects the joints around the jaw.
There are several types of temporal mandibular disorders, which affect the joints of the jaw, the nerves inside the face, and the muscles surrounding the jaw. Various movements of the jaw, such as twisting, opening or closing, or side-movements, can trigger TMJ pain.
Over time, the muscles and ligaments that hold the TMJ can get damaged or stretched, causing the lower jaw to drift out of alignment. In some cases, the jaw can also slide too far out of alignment at once after a traumatic event and negatively impact chewing and speaking.
You should not let a condition go undiagnosed, regardless of whether it produces a small clicking sound or causes excruciating pain.
Typical symptoms of temporomandibular disorder include:
Each patient’s treatment plan differs based on their health, medical history, tolerance of specific medications, and the extent of their disorder.