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TMJ Treatment Dublin

What is TMJ? TMD?

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint is the hinge that attaches your lower jaw to the skull. It enables the jaw to move up, down and side to side. Each person has two temporomandibular joints located near each ear.

TMD or Temporomandibular Disorders is a condition where the joints get out of line or they don’t function properly which also affects the muscles used in moving the jaw.

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— Dr Thomas Munroe
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Causes of TMD

Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

It is always advisable to come see our specialist at Milltown Dental Clinc, so they can fully assess your situation.  There are numerous possible causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.

  • Excessive grinding and clenching of teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint.
  • Unnecessary movement or displacement of a part of the joint (joint disc).
  • Arthritis or Inflammation of the joint.
  • Stress which can cause you to clench unknowingly.
  • Poor posture
  • Bad bite caused by uneven restorations

Signs & Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Signs & Symptoms

Most often, people are not aware that they have Temporomandibular Disorder because one or all signs and symptoms may occur. If you experience any of the listed signs & symptoms below, visit our dental clinic for proper diagnosis.

  • Clicking or popping sound when your jaw opens and closes
  • Pain in the face, jaw or ears
  • Difficulty in opening and closing mouth
  • Restricted opening of mouth
  • Jaws “lock” or get stuck in the open-and-close motion
  • Swelling on one side or both sides of the face
  • Frequent unintended cheek, tongue and lip biting
  • Jaws feel tired when chewing

How it affects children and adults?

How TMJ affects children and adults?

According to TMJ.ORG, approximately 12% of the population in the United States are affected by TMD.

Children and adults with temporomandibular disorder tend to be cranky when facial pain is felt. They also have trouble in speaking and eating. It will also be hard for them to undergo long dental procedures because the joint will feel tensed.

Since the temporalis muscle is attached to the jaw joint and head, severe clenching and teeth grinding can cause intense headache that might affect the performance of children and adults in school or work.

Treatment Options & Process

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There is no single treatment to eliminate temporomandibular disorder. The dentist may recommend one or more of the following:

Home remedies can help relieve TMD symptoms such as:

  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen.
  • Applying warm or cold ice pack to affected side can relieve pain and swelling. It is applied for 10 minutes every hour until the swelling subsided.
  • Eat soft food (i.e. yoghurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs) and avoid food that requires opening the mouth widely.
  • Avoid extreme jaw movements like yawning widely and chewing ice.
  • Don’t rest your chin on your hand.
  • Avoid clenching.

Traditional Treatments

  • Medications. The dentist might need to prescribe higher doses of painkillers or anti-anxiety medications to prevent excessive clenching.
  • Dental Splint and/or TMJ Night Mouthguard. Mouthguards are custom-fitted appliances used to protect the teeth from getting damaged due to excessive clenching or teeth grinding. Dental splints are worn the whole day while TMJ nightguards are worn during sleep. Teeth grinding can cause excessive stress to the jaw joint and even to teeth.
    Mouthguards are made by taking a mould or impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These moulds will be used to make a stone model of your teeth where a mouthguard will be designed and fabricated to ensure accurate fit.
  • Dental Restorations. The dentist will repair or replace old restorations that cause improper contact of upper and lower teeth when biting. Improper bite or malocclusion increases tension to the muscle around the jaw joint or even displacing a segment of the jaw joint.
    Also, gaps caused by missing teeth will be replaced with dentures or fixed bridges to prevent tilting, drifting or overeruption of remaining teeth which can cause bite problems.
  • Orthodontics Treatment (i.e. braces) may be placed to correct malocclusion of teeth and prevent


Other treatments:

  • TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, uses a low-level electrical current to prevent pain relief by relaxing jaw joint and muscles.
  • Trigger point injections are made by administering local anaesthesia to relieve pain caused by tensed muscles around the jaw joint.

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Expected Results

Expected Results from TMJ Treatment

Every patients symptoms and level of results differ, that being said the expected results are:

  • Performing home remedies and using TMJ mouthguards can lessen the complications (like frequent headaches) and eventually prevent temporomandibular disorder from worsening.
  • Locking of jaws will be prevented.
  • Ease in speaking and eating.

What if nothing is done?

TMJ left untreated

If temporomandibular disorder is not managed during earlier stages, it can cause several problems or difficulties to the patient.

  • You will have trouble in speaking and eating because the jaw joint can be painful at times.
  • You will have a hard time opening your mouth for several minutes during dental procedures.
  • The jaw may get stuck or “locked” which will disable you from opening or closing your mouth.
  • Frequent headaches may interfere with your everyday activities.
  • In worst cases, opening and closing of the mouth will be very limited.

It is estimated that approximately 20-30% of the general population are affected by TMJ pain by some degree.

  • 20-30% of the general population are affected by TMJ pain by some degree.
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It is estimated that between 10 and 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ

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    Dublin 6

    Our State of the art clinic is located in the heart of Dublin, in the Dublin 6 region.  There is ample parking available and the clinic is in a beautiful location.

    For example we are located only 15 minutes from Stephens Green, and 9 minutes from University College Dublin.

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      Monday, Wed, Thursday: 8:30 – 5:30
      Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am – 1pm

    Emergency Dental Service

    As stated above, we are open Monday 8.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday 8.30am-1pm, Wednesday 8.30am-5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm, Friday 8.30am-1pm.  Adding to that, if you have a dental emergency, please call our emergency number on 086-8012940
  • TMJ Treatment Dublin

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Dublin

    Whether you are new to Dublin, just moved to the Dublin 6 area, or have lived here all you life, you are welcome as a new patient at Milltown Dental Clinic.  We have a specialist team dealing with TMJ disorders and years of experience helping patients get relief.  We constantly analyse our prices to make sure that they are affordable for everyone with our family and friend referral schemes.