Jaw Joint (TMJ) Disorders

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Effective treatment to help relieve problems with your jaw

It can be worrying to discover issues or troublesome symptoms connected with your jaw joint, causing you problems with speaking or eating. As a leading clinic in conditions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), we can help bring full function back to your jaw with effective and tailored treatment.

How do I know if I have TMJ disorder?

Your jaw has a protective disc of cartilage that slides backwards and forwards as the joint moves. This can become displaced or folded and cause your jaw to click as it snaps back into place. If the cartilage disc doesn’t spring back properly, it can lead to inflammation and a loss of movement.

Some symptoms of TMJ disorder that you can look out for include:

  • Noticing your jaw clicking as it moves
  • Feeling as if your jaw has got stuck
  • Restricted jaw movement, such as not being able to open your mouth to yawn
  • Pain that feels like it comes from your jaw joint, or radiates into your cheek, temple and ear, or your lower jaw and neck
  • Problems with your ears, including tinnitus, pain or feeling dizzy

Why have I got jaw joint problems?

TMJ disorders are difficult to classify but they may arise due to a problem in the joint itself, with the cartilage or in the muscles that move the joint. If you are experiencing pain, clicking or restricted movement, we recommend booking an appointment to have your jaw checked.

An number of issues can lead to problems with your jaw joint, including:

  • Osteoarthritis – this can affect the jaw joint in the same way as any other joint in the body, and causes the cartilage that cushions the joint to become worn or damaged, leading to inflammation and pain
  • Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also affect the jaw joint
  • Traumatic injury – trauma can damage the bones of the joint or the cartilage disc, and can also affect the alignment of your upper and lower jaw
  • Bruxism – grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep can lead to pain in your jaw, noticeable clicking, and not being able to open your mouth properly.
Expert treatment from experienced specialists

What does the treatment involve?

If you are suffering with problems associated with your jaw, make an appointment to come and talk to us at the clinic. We listen carefully to how your jaw joint symptoms are affecting your everyday life and when they began, and form a bespoke treatment plan to help you.

You will always be given the easiest and least invasive treatment to start with, as many TMJ disorders are able to be relieved without surgery. If this doesn’t bring about sufficient improvements in your case, we will move onto the next procedure until we find the one that works for you.


Other TMJ treatments

At the London TMJ Clinic, we diagnose and treat all types of TMJ disorder, helping to relieve your symptoms and return your jaw joint to full function once more.

Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I don’t have treatment for a jaw disorder?

If you notice the symptoms associated with a jaw disorder but don’t have treatment, it will require more complicated surgery down the line. Ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away will not work, as your symptoms are very likely to continue and worsen. We can help find the best solution for you.

Getting in touch

If you would like to discuss treatment, book a consultation or just have a general enquiry, please get in touch.

Referrals from GDPs, GPs and consultants are welcome. Please use this form if you wish to discuss a case prior to referral.

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