Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

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By Professor Yoland Lim Health Care

Do you have pain in the jaw? 

Trouble chewing? 

Jaw aching?

Difficulty opening your mouth? 

Stuck or locked jaw? 

Weird noise or clicking of the jaw? 


You may have TMJ disorder. This affects 40% of all people, who will have sign of a TMJ disorder at some point in their lives. 

                    

The TMJ is located where the mandible (lower jaw) attaches to the base of your skull on each side of your head. You can find this by placing your fingers in front of your ears and opening and closing your mouth and you can feel these joints move. Muscles, ligaments and tendons attach across the TMJ to control its movements.

Symptoms

Pain, clicking, locking, facial pain and headache.

Causes

The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is not always known. The majority are due to joint degeneration, trauma or injury to the mouth.


Other conditions which can contribute include:

  • osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which may cause considerable TMJ dysfunction
  • sustained emotional or physical stress
  • bruxism (Teeth grinding)


TMJ may contribute to emotional tension or depression. Chronic TMJ pain and dysfunction can be difficult to treat.


There are surgical procedures which involves opening into the joint and joint replacement. However as with any medical procedure there are potential risks, including the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve, that provides facial movement) which may be affected. Permanent nerve damage is rare but could lead to facial palsy on the affected side and some nerve damage may be permanent. 


Professor Yoland Lim Health Care’s clinical examination will include:

  • inspect your face, jaws and mouth for signs of disease 
  • evaluate jaw movements 
  • gently palpate jaws and chewing muscles 
  • listen for TMJ noises during movement 
  • we may refer you for blood tests (for rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue disorders) and X-ray, CT or MRI scans of the jaws and TMJ.

Treatment Program

Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders Best Acupuncture Treatment Herbal Medicines jaw ache click

Integrative medicine and Acupuncture Treatment

Professor Yoland Lim Health Care uses an integrated medical approach to obtain the most optimal result for you:

  • Phytomolecular (herbal medicines) including NVX888-Nervex for improved brain relaxation used in conjunction with MUS123-Muscle Tonic for optimal masseter muscle tone.
  • Modified diet: to rest the jaw, eat only soft food that requires little or no chewing. When a small amount of chewing is necessary, try to chew evenly on both sides of the mouth.
  • Hot or cold packs. Hot packs on painful areas can help to relax muscles and soothe tenderness. Cold packs can help to reduce inflammation in the TMJ or chewing muscles.
  • Stress management using binaural therapy, a specialized form of Healing Meditation Music (Chanting) by Professor Yoland Lim Health Care, you will learn how to relax and minimise stress to help reduce clenching or grinding of teeth. Identify sources of stress, and make necessary lifestyle changes. 
  • Relaxation techniques may include deep breathing
  • Avoid extreme jaw movements: resist chewing hard foods or talking too much.

Prognosis

Although some patients respond very promptly, as TMJ disorders can take years to develop, it may take some time for improvement.