Dental disorders are very common among people and almost always require medical attention. Aches and pains happening in the mouth and dental cavity could be excruciatingly painful and therefore difficult to ignore. Seeking specialist treatment is thus, the only solution.
One of the more common dental disorders suffered by a large number of people is TMJ or TemporoMandibular Joint and muscle disorders. The condition takes place in the jaw, leading to dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the movement of the jaw, causing pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. While some TMJ victims undergo much pain with significant and long-term symptoms, some are lucky to get away with occasional and temporary discomfort that they have learnt to live with, and with the pain receding and even completely vanishing with little or no treatment. Therefore, some don’t even view it as a serious condition though try telling that to those on the other side of the spectrum! The condition is also believed to be more prevalent among women than men due to unknown reasons.
There are basically three types of TMJ:
- Myofascial pain involving discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function;
- Internal derangement of the joint involving a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle (the part located at the end of a bone, most often part of a joint);
- Arthritis – a group of degenerative/inflammatory joint disorders (rheumatic diseases) causing pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints, muscles and bone and which can affect the temporomandibular joint.
There is even the possibility for one person to suffer from a combination of these conditions consecutively.
Other symptoms of TMJ, apart from pain in the jaw muscles, are pain in the face or neck, difficulties in swallowing, jaw muscle stiffness, limited movement or locking of the jaw, painful and sustained clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth, a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together, frequent ringing in the ears, bad posture, extreme snoring or serious migraine headaches.
However, the difficulty in diagnosing the condition may pose a problem when treating TMJ. Sometimes, it’s difficult to recognise its symptoms as there are many other dental as well as certain physical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disturbances or fibromyalgia (a painful condition that affects muscles and other soft tissues throughout the body), which may result in similar signs and symptoms. Another problem is that the exact reason for this condition has not been identified so far, although some TMJ disorders are believed to have been caused as a result of trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular joint.
These problems associated with the condition have made it imperative for anyone suffering from the identified symptoms which indicate dental problems to consult experienced professional dentists. In Dubai, the best solutions for TMJ are offered by the German Dental and Neuromuscular Clinic located at Unit 1002, Cluster W, Tiffany Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers.
It’s not a case of ‘one solution fits all’ for victims of TMJ however, as there are a variety of dental treatments for TMJ disorders. Some patients are provided with fixed or removable orthotics during the diagnostic phase. These orthotics provide support to the lower jaw while properly positioning the head and back until the patient’s jaw has found its most stable position. Afterwards, adequate treatment for each case, which could be an orthodontic treatment, a restorative treatment or a bite adjustment, will be determined after a proper study of the problem. At the German Dental Clinic, you have the guarantee that the top dental experts in Dubai will do their utmost to correct these issues with the best possible solution tailor-made for you, depending on your problem, with the right technology and care.
TMJ is not the only area of expertise of the German Dental Clinic. The best treatment, technology and care is available from them whether you are suffering from something serious such as TMJ or just want some simple dental treatment attended to such as a filling or tooth extraction. The personal touch provided by the highly qualified and experienced dentists at the Clinic, who are the best in the industry, is what has made their services so popular in Dubai and has taken them to the zenith of the industry today.