TMJ Disorder Has Multiple Causes, Reveals Sydney Dental Practice

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Led by Dr Duncan Copp, The Paddington Dental Surgery’s team of dental professionals discusses the causes and symptoms that characterise TMJ Disorder.

Sydney, AU — The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone with the temporal bone of the skull, and there is one on each side of the face. TMJ Disorder refers to symptoms that develop as a result of the dysfunction of this joint. Dr Duncan Copp of The Paddington Dental Surgery explains that patients suffering from TMJ Disorder may not always be aware of what the cause of their discomfort is from, due to the myriad of symptoms that can be associated with the disorder. The best option, he typically advises, will be for an individual to speak with a qualified dental professional if he or she believes they may be experiencing the condition.

Dr Copp explains that many of the symptoms of TMJ Disorder overlap with other unrelated conditions, which can make this issue more difficult for patients to recognise as a dental concern. Some examples that could signal a joint ailment include:

  • Jaw or facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Popping or clicking sensation in the jaw
  • Problems chewing, swallowing, or opening and closing the mouth
  • Ringing in the ears

The causes of TMJ Disorder are also numerous, Dr Copp continues. He says that some of the most common contributing factors are an imbalanced or misaligned bite, arthritis, overuse, and teeth grinding or clenching. This condition can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, the Sydney dentist cautions; however, there are a multitude of effective treatment options available that can help to address the causes and treat the symptoms of TMJ Disorder.

Dysfunction of the TMJ affects millions of people around the world, Dr Copp states. While the discomfort may be minimal at first, he says that patients may experience increasing levels of pain or damage over time. He advises individuals who are concerned they may have TMJ Disorder to schedule an appointment with a trusted dentist with extensive experience treating this condition.

About The Paddington Dental Surgery

Located in Sydney, NSW, The Paddington Dental Surgery offers a comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art dental treatments in a welcoming environment. Procedures include general, restorative, and cosmetic options, including sedation dentistry and holistic approaches to dental care. The skilled team includes Drs Duncan Copp, Natalie Dumer, Mark Brycki, and David Cipriani, as well as dental hygienists and an on-site naturopath. In addition to emphasising a gentle touch, the practice prioritises safety, results, and the patient experience.

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263 Glenmore Road
Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9331-2555

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