Do you have pain in the jaw?
Difficulty opening your mouth?
Stuck or locked jaw?
Weird noise or clicking of the jaw?
You may have TMJ disorder. This affects up to 60-70% 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.
Pain, clicking, locking, facial pain and headache.
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:
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 the nerve signals for 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 includes:
Professor Yoland Lim Health Care uses an integrated medical approach which may include:
The holistic patient centred approach aims to promote relaxation, relax muscle tone, and reduce stress.
Although some patients respond very promptly, as TMJ disorders can take years to develop, it may take some time for improvement.