What is TMJ and How is it Treated?

A child with her hand on her cheek, signalling jaw pain and the need for dental care.

TMJ Disorder: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders cause pain when children chew, speak or yawn. The joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and reaches its adult position during the teenage years. Key takeaways: –  A dentist will identify the cause of your child’s TMJ pain before a treatment plan is developed. – Non-invasive treatments such as a splint can help reduce stress on the joint and reduce teeth grinding. – A misaligned bite deemed to be causing the TMJ pain may need to be referred to an orthodontist. “If your child is grinding their teeth, either a TMJ splint or a mouthguard will be needed to help curb the damage. You can also limit hard foods, use warm or cold packs on the affected area, or employ the help of physical therapy or even massage to help stop your child’s TMJ discomfort.” Read the full story here https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/tmj-treatment-options-for-children/  
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Dr. Clifford Yudelman

Founder & Principal Dentist

As a globally recognised restorative and cosmetic dentistry expert, Clifford brings over 40 years of experience across four continents. A 1983 Bachelor of Dental Science graduate from the University of Witwatersrand, his career has spanned private practices in London, San Diego, Perth, and Cape Town. Currently the founder and principal dentist at OptiSmile, he is celebrated for transforming dental visits into positive experiences and fostering patient confidence through superior dental health, with a commitment to the latest dental technology for improved patient outcomes.

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