10 Main Avenue, Moor Park
Northwood, Middlesex, London HA6 2HJ
Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre

TMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge-like joint located where your jawbone and skull meet. The TMJ allows your jaw to slide up and down, letting you talk, chew, and do all sorts of things with your mouth.

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between the lower jaw and the skull. Disorders of the TMJ are one of the most common causes of pain in the face and mouth after tooth pain. There are many causes of TMJ dysfunction but dental changes are a common cause. Following changes to the mouth due to trauma or loss of teeth there is a large change in mechanics to the TMJ. This can increase stress on the joint itself as well as the muscles and other soft tissue structures around the face and head causing pain.
Physiotherapy can help to reduce the stress to the joint and soft tissue structures using a range of different treatment approaches including soft tissue massage, education, relaxation, exercises, manual therapy and acupuncture.

What are the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?

What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit will be a consultation with Elsa. Your symptoms and difficulties will be discussed in depth and a medical history will also be taken. A thorough physical examination of your neck, jaw and posture will be carried out with more specific testing dependent upon your main problem. Elsa will then talk you through her assessment findings and discuss with you the treatment strategy most appropriate to you. Dependent upon the findings you may be given education and exercises to initiate your treatment.