Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), commonly known as TMJ disorder, is a complicated group of conditions, often characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw and surrounding tissue. Occlusal disorder refers to problems with the fit of the bite. When the teeth don’t fit together properly, it can lead to a number of problems including worn teeth, broken restorations, jaw and/or facial pain, gum disease and tooth loss.
Why Choose Buckle Advanced Dental Care for TMJ Treatment
Few clinicians are trained to properly identify, diagnose and treat these complicated problems. Dr. Ian Buckle is one of the UK’s foremost authorities on TMJ and Occlusal Disorders. He is the Clinical Director of the Dawson Academy UK where he teaches dentists from around the world the foundations of Complete Dentistry as outlined by founder Dr. Pete Dawson. Dr. Buckle spends about 1/3 of his time away from the practice to teach other dentists how to identify and treat problems with the occlusion and TMJ.
What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is a broad term used to describe a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves.
Common Causes of TMJ Disorder
There is no single cause for TMJ dysfunction. Any number of factors or combination of factors may be to blame including:
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face
- Trauma to the TMJ joint or arthritis
- Hormonal changes or imbalances
- Malocclusion (where the jaws do not line up correctly resulting in bite problems)
Common TMJ Symptoms
As with the causes, symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
Improper bite alignment and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can cause pain as well as deterioration of teeth and supporting structures. Dr. Buckle evaluates all patients for TMJ related problems as part of comprehensive treatment planning.
Because no two patients are alike, there is no single course of treatment for TMJ disorder. Depending on your condition, Dr. Buckle may prescribe a combination of TMJ treatments for optimal results.
What Is Bite Correction?
Occlusal equilibration, better known as bite correction or TMJ correction, is the process of adjusting the alignment of the teeth for optimal fit. The teeth should line up so that they make even contact with one another, creating a low-stress bite.
Over 95% of TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and TMJ pain are caused by an improper occlusion. Bite correction can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMD such as sore jaw, headaches, teeth clenching, and more.
In addition to his extensive training and research on TMJ dysfunction and bite correction, Dr. Buckle uses advanced dental technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of these complicated conditions including TekScan, Digital Radiography, and Joint Vibration Analysis.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about TMJ therapy, contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Buckle Advanced Dental Care. Call us at 0151 353 8943 or by filling in the online form.