TMJ Dentist Sydney NSW

  • Do you suffer from pain or tenderness of your jaw?
  • Are your headaches driving you up the wall?
  • Have difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing?
  • Suffer from aching facial pain?

“Often those suffering with TMD do not even realise they have it, as their symptoms can seem just like normal isolated issues such as headaches”

— Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd

These symptoms could be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (also known as TMD) is a condition where the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) located just in front of the ears does not function properly. This can be due to malocclusion (poor bite) or teeth grinding (bruxism). Often those suffering from TMD do not even realise they have it, as their symptoms can seem just like isolated, normal issues such as headaches. Boutique Dental Care offers personalised treatment for TMJ disorder so you can say goodbye to your jaw pain and headaches for good.

The Symptoms:

TMJ disorder doesn’t only cause severe headaches, but it can also be associated with several other conditions such as:

  • Jaw pain or lock jaw
  • Clicking and popping sounds when moving the jaw
  • Uncontrollable jaw movement
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear pain
  • Clogged or stuffed feeling in the ears
  • Vertigo
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Excessive watering of the eyes or blurry vision
  • Tightness or pain in throat area

Diagnosing your TMJ disorder…

Our attentive dentist Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd will conduct a thorough physical examination of your teeth and jaw to properly inspect the nerves and tissues around your TMJ area. This will help Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd identify any inflammation present and isolate the source of your pain and discomfort. We will also consider your medical history and refer to your previous x-rays (if applicable) to determine any misalignments of the jaw or any significant changes that have taken place over time.

If bruxism is found to be the fundamental cause of your TMJ disorder, we will need to take an x-ray to ensure no damage has been done to the structure of the underlying teeth or jawbone.

The Treatment

A detailed medical and dental history will be taken along with a tougher physical examination. A range of x-rays will be organised and models of your teeth will also be taken. This will enable our dentist to assess the joints and structures of your teeth and jaw.

There are various treatments for TMJ as it depends on the patient and the cause of the pain. These treatments can include:

  • Instructions to reduce stress
  • Avoid habitable chewing such as gum, pens and pencils
  • Eating soft food
  • No yawning or opening the mouth too wide
  • Heat packs and massage
  • Dental appliances

TMJ Dentist Sydney

We are Chatswood Dentists, located in Sydney and we look forward to meeting you soon.

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