Your chronic headaches could be caused by a dental issue known as TMJ Dysfunction…

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is located just in front of the ears, and when there is dysfunction in this joint, it can cause a large amount of issues. TMJ dysfunction is a collection of problems related to your jaw joint and jaw muscles. Symptoms such as pain or a “clicking” sound upon opening or closing the jaw are now more easily diagnosed and treated.

The doctors at Hunter Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centre can help you achieve a healthier and more comfortable jaw…

There is no set treatment for TMJ disorders, since everyone’s condition is different. Our doctors will assess your condition and discuss with you the best course of treatment to achieve optimal results for you.

The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction…

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons, and can cause a multitude of issues. If you experience one or more of the following, you may be suffering from TMJ dysfunction:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Waking up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Pain when chewing
  • Popping, grating, catching, clicking or locking of the jaw
  • Pain when opening the mouth
  • Misaligned teeth that no longer touch when biting
  • Sensitive, loose, broken or worn teeth

Treatment options available…

Treatment is related to the degree of symptoms you experience. At times, arthritic changes may be present in your TM joints which can be examined with the Cone Beam CT at Hunter OMS. Examination of the discs may require MRI investigation.

Treatment options include construction of a bite splint, jaw rest, botox injections into your jaw muscles for clenching and grinding, arthrocentesis (washing out the joint), arthroscopy ( inspecting and treating intra-articular joint pathology through a small telescope), open joint surgery and, if necessary, total joint replacement.

Call Hunter OMS to make a consultation with Dr Ben Gupta for temporomandibular joint replacement surgery and surgical correction of sleep apnoea.

The Australian Dental Association has now eased restrictions and we are now able to offer appointments to all patients.

Hunter OMS is therefore able to offer patients any Oral & Maxillofacial surgical treatment you may require. You will require a referral from your general dentist or doctor.

Our office is open 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 8am to 2:30pm.

We are also able to provide Telehealth consultations if you are unable to come to our offices.

We remain committed to COVID-19 precautions with social distancing of appointments. Further, IF YOU HAVE ANY COLD OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS OR RAISED TEMPERATURE, YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND OUR CLINIC.

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