Did you know that you can do a few simple exercises at home to ease TMJ discomfort? Try these at home exercises in line with treatment from TMJ experts.
TMJ Centre Melbourne can help you overcome symptoms of persistent TMJ, but here are some tips for short-term relief in the meantime. Visit for more details
Suffering from mild TMJ? Don't wait until it gets worse and starts to impact important aspects of your life such as sleeping, eating, talking and kissing!
Not many people are aware of sleep apnoea until it really starts to affect their lives. It is a serious disorder, but one that can be treated effectively at a reputable Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) clinic, such as the TMJ Centre Melbourne. Overcoming the disorder requires state-of-the-art technology, which is delivered in combination with experienced physicians who specialise in the root causes of sleep apnoea.
Ignoring TMJ will only lead your current pain to worsen. As with any symptom, if you leave it long enough, you could eventually suffer from chronic pain, or worse. It’s suggested that if you’ve been suffering from common symptoms of TMJ for over a month, it’s time to get it checked, because ultimately, they could get progressive worse over time. Not only that, but they also become much harder to correct over time, and could even lead to definitive changes of your nervous system.
Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ disorder is associated with a bad bite, inadequate jaw and airway development. Inadequate jaw growth can also be associated with sleep apnoea, which can often be the cause of more sinister health issues such as stroke or depression.
Jaw pain can be common. Therefore, it's important to consider a range of reasons why you're experiencing discomfort to get a proper diagnosis. It's also important to know that not all jaw pain can be ruled as being Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMD). So before you jump the gun, let's establish what exactly TMJ is and the symptoms you could look for that might suggest you have this disorder. The good news is that there's a great range of treatments available.
Most people have experienced slight jaw pain at one point or another in their lives, but if your jaw pain is something that is persistent and recurring, it should not be ignored—here’s why…
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is a complex disorder for which doctors from both the dental and chiropractic fields have come together to agree that the most effective method of help is through a multi-faceted approach.
We have known for a long time that adults and children that suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnoea (stopping breathing at night) suffer from neurocognitive deficits.
Bruxism is a medical term that refers to tooth grinding that occurs at night and day or night time clenching. The tooth grinding that occurs at night iscalled sleep bruxism and it is actually classified as a sleep movement disorder. This is further divided into primary sleep bruxism where there is no obvious cause, and secondary sleep bruxism which is related to causes such as medical conditions like depression, sleep disorders, benign tumours and medications / recreational drugs such as Ritalin, MDMA and cocaine.
In a previous blog I discussed how TMJ can mimic tension type, sinus type headaches and migraines.
Unfortunately most dentists and GPs have been trained to think that the only headaches that can occur as part of TMJ / TMD is temple headaches due to clenching. The Temporalis muscles (located in the temple regions) are recruited during clenching and so the assumption is that these are the only headaches that can be attributed to TMJ/ TMD. This however is far from true. TMJ/ TMD can also mimic sinus type headaches, particularly the maxillary sinuses (in the cheek area). They can also mimic tension type headaches affecting the temple and occipital regions ( back of head) and migraine.
You have to suffer from snoring, choking, gasping and stop breathing to suffer from the damaging effects of sleep apnoea ? don’t you ????…… WRONG
As with other joints in the body surgery is a treatment of last resort whenalternative treatment has proved ineffective. Surgery should really be restricted for those who are born with or develop jaw malformations and patients withtrue arthritis where the head of the jaw has loose fragments of bone or severely broken down condyle and may need reshaping or replacement.
Our clients often ask us about exercise while they are in pain and the answer is always the same. For those with chronic pain walking is simply the best form of exercise. Not just because it is less traumatic to your joints and muscles causing less breakdown, it has also been shown to help the brain heal and importantly calm the nervous system.
Using the latest in CAD CAM design, TMJ Centre Melbourne is now able to provide custom made bite plates / orthotics to the correct neuromuscluar bite within 3 hours so that you can begin your healing journey as soon as possible. Currently to our knowledge we are the only practice in Australia to offer such incredible service to our clients. Being able to mill the orthotics using cutting edge technology the orthotics are strong, light, accurate and very comfortable.
Many people with clicking jaw joints often have no pain and and can have clicking joints for decades with no problems. This is why there is much uncertainty and disagreement between partitioners about what to do regarding a clicking jaw joint. Unfortunately there seems to be no long term research due the difficulty of monitoring subjects over 5 to 10 years. the longest studies I have found have only looked at subjects over a maximum of 2 years.
There is a lot of information about obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and its health consequences. We know that sleep apnoea- when you stop breathing at night causes reduced oxygen levels in the body and leads to oxidative stress and eventually endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction leads to plaque formations in the arteries, ultimately causing atherosclerosis and this is the basic mechanism for stokes, heart attacks, increased blood pressure etc. The research is somewhat torn as to whether mild to moderate OSA leads to cardiovascular health consequences, but there is no doubt severe OSA causes three to five times increased risk of dying from cardiovascular events. ( stroke/ heart attack etc)
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is when a person stops their breathing for prolonged periods or breathes insufficiently during sleep. Left untreated, it can result in interrupted sleep, fatigue, a lack of focus during the day, and, in more severe cases it leads to high blood pressure, depression, and, up to 5x increased chance of strokes and heart disease