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Painful TMJ cured by South East London dentist

03 / 06 / 2010

You may not have heard of TMJ but it affects thousands of people, mostly young men between the ages of twenty and forty, causing severe pain that ranges form intermittent to constant, and is located entirely in the head, jaw and neck. The pain can also last for years without ever improving unless the right treatment is sought from a South East London dentist.

One of the major problems with TMJ is that it is so little known. This means that many people with the condition suffer in silence or are sent away by their doctors who have told them it is a temporary muscular condition. Because TMJ affects the jaw and is often caused by a bite misalignment, it is very often a dentist who first notices or diagnoses the symptoms.

TMJ was thought for many years to have been caused by stress or head trauma but recent opinion has moved towards interruption of bite as a major cause. Bite is the way the top and bottom rows of teeth sit together and greatly affects the movement of the jaw. If movement of teeth occurs possibly as a result of a missing tooth, this can be altered causing a misalignment of the jaw muscles which causes the condition.

As the jaw is used a great deal for both talking and eating amongst other things it can be the cause of a great deal of pain and misery for sufferers but there is a cure. Once diagnosed a dentist may need to adjust the bite artificially to restore its position. This may be a simple procedure or may involve complex muscular diagnostics but in either case there is a definite end to the pain of TMJ. Don’t suffer in silence. See a dentist if you think you may have TMJ.

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