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Jaw Ache Treatment (TMJ) Orange

Dr Bothma has extensively studied the effects of TMJ disorder or Jaw Ache. He has experience and training in neuromuscular dentistry and treatment of Jaw Ache. Causes of Jaw Ache can vary, however, untreated it can lead to other problems such as migraines, upper back pain and neck and shoulder tension.

Jaw Ache TMJ Treatment Orange – What are the causes of Jaw Ache?

When we close our mouth, that’s known as our bite, and the dental term is occlusion. It can be well-aligned or misaligned. When it’s misaligned, stress builds up in the jaw muscles, eventually pressuring the nerves and causing pain.

There can be many causes of jaw ache which includes:

  • Clenching and/or grinding (some people do this in their sleep and don’t even know it!)
  • Misaligned (crooked) teeth – a very common cause!
  • Stress
  • Sports injuries, car accidents, bar fights
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Poor pillow or mattress support
  • and so many more!

Treating Jaw Ache

Dr Bothma will examine to find a neutral, relaxed jaw position. Once this has been determined there are a number of ways to make it permanent. Jaw Ache Treatment Strategies:

  • Custom orthotic (mouthpiece) to retain jaw muscles
  • Reshaping or moving teeth
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Avoid hard foods
  • Psychotherapy to reduce stress
  • Potential surgery if caused by injury or accident

In most cases, combinations of the treatments are utilised. If simpler neuromuscular treatments are not successful, more vigorous treatment can be used.

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