Do you have TMJ issues?
TMJ Treatment – TMJ Clinics multidisciplinary TMD specialists, Canberra
TMJ Clinics in Deakin, Canberra, ACT has multidisciplinary specialists for dedicated jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment.
Our clinic is dedicated to helping patients with temporomandibular joint conditions, collectively called TMJ disorder (or TMD). Our staff include dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, physiotherapists, psychologists, and other medical and therapy professionals.
If you experience symptoms like recurring jaw pain, clicking or stiffness, then you may suffer from TMJ disorder. Our practice is here to provide a professional, comprehensive approach to your TMJ treatment.
Our Focus: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the jaw, and the skull. A variety of factors can impact this complex joint, reducing its function and causing other problems. Injury, repeated strain, genetic predisposition and arthritis are common causes of TMJ Disorder. To learn more, see what is a TMJ?
TMJ Disorder is a problem because it can cause a variety of distressing symptoms. These include jaw pain and toothaches, headaches and ear aches, jaw stiffness and restriction, chewing difficulty, and clicking/popping jaw. However, because these symptoms are not unique to TMD, the disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Some patients even spend years putting up with pain, before seeking help.
If you experience these symptoms, we can help. We offer a range of medical and therapeutic treatments to help you find relief.
Our multidisciplinary approach to TMJ treatment
TMD is a varied and complex group of conditions, so effective treatment depends on many individual factors. Therefore, we employ specialists in a variety of techniques and therapies, to form a complete treatment plan for each patient.
A multidisciplinary approach to TMJ pain has been shown to be effective in the management of symptoms, and improve long term outcomes for patients. For a variety of reasons, this approach is usually reserved for large tertiary institutions, in public hospitals. We are pioneering modern TMJ treatment by applying these techniques for patients in the private practice setting.
At TMJ Clinics, our goal is to provide gold standard treatment, in an affordable and accessible environment.
Dental Surgeons are the first step in your TMJ treatment. Our specialist TMJ dentist will take the time to listen and document your history, then perform a thorough TMJ examination. After assessing your condition, the dentist will explain your likely diagnosis, and then recommend the various treatments that are appropriate for your situation.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
After your first consultation, or later during your treatment, the dentist may refer you to our specialist oral & maxillofacial surgeons for a surgical assessment. Hopefully, most TMJ patients will not require surgery, as we provide alternatives wherever possible.
Muscular tension and habits can be a significant factor in managing TMJ disorder. The dentist may suggest you see one of our TMJ physiotherapists to assess and manage the muscular aspects of your pain. Our physiotherapists will provide you with a management, stretching, and exercise plan to assist with your symptom control and overall disease management.
Chronic Pain Specialists
We recognise that not all problems are immediately fixable with therapy or surgery. In these cases, you can rely on our ongoing commitment to your pain management. The TMJ dentist may refer you to one of our chronic pain specialists, for a thorough management plan and assessment of available drug therapies.
Your dentist may also recommend therapy by a medical acupuncturist, as part of the TMJ Clinics multidisciplinary care team. Medical acupuncture can help to relieve symptoms, and reduce the frequency of episodes related to TMJ pain.
Behavioural habits are another factor which can have a surprising impact on TMJ function. As part of your assessment, the dentist will consider various psychological tools that may help with symptom reduction and control. Our psychologist can help with day to day management tools or general counselling when required.
If our TMJ dentist finds that your dental bite is contributing to your jaw disorder or pain, they may refer you to an orthodontist for further assessment.
Our friendly staff will support and guide you through every step of the treatment process. They will always take the time to help as you and your clinicians find the right solution to your pain.