Welcome to our website which contains information about Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, etc., the history and rationale of our study group and the list of our practitioners.
The Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the medical name given to the jaw joint. It is made up of the lower jaw which articulates against a disc in the cup shaped depression of the skull by the ear. If the lower jaw is displaced it can cause the disc to come away from its correct position and dislocate, causing a clicking and grating noise when the mouth opens.
When the TMJ dislocates it can cause symptoms of headaches, migraines, neckache, tinnitus, fatigue and pain to name but a few. Patients will often grind their teeth at night, have difficulty opening wide, click or grate in the TMJ when opening and have some pain in the joint area itself in front of the ear.
There is some exciting research and work being done where orthodontics and surgery on deranged TMJ's has helped patients with Muscle Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Blepharospasm and Dystonias.
The diagnosis is crucial in understanding and treating the problem. The full examination will involve, muscle testing, ranges of motion, analysis, X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Treatment can involve wearing splints and braces on the teeth to realign the jaw into its correct position. In the majority of cases this eliminates all of the symptoms, especially the headaches and migraines. Occasionally surgery may be needed to complete this treatment.
Some of the numerous and varied symptoms which can occur are listed below:
BSSCMD have recently established a formal affiliation with the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM).
This is the result of some fortuitous contact between the two Societies and BSSCMD’s subsequent invitation to provide three speakers at the BSEM Annual Conference at the Royal Society of Physicians in November 2016, entitled “Putting oral health at the heart of medicine”. Following this successful and productive day, the view was subsequently expressed by both Societies that some sort of formal link or association between our Societies could be highly advantageous.
Each Society would invite the other Society to attend their conferences and clinical meetings as guests, though obviously those with joint membership could attend in their own right. Joint BSSCMD/BSEM meetings would also be possible.
BSSCMD: “The aim of the Society is to increase the knowledge and understanding of Cranio Mandibular Disorders.”
This is where we started from in the 1990s; in more recent years we have come to understand the wider implications for good dental health and structure, particularly with regard to non-extraction orthodontic treatment (though not possible all the time!), the aetiology of malocclusion (birth trauma, cranial strains and poor muscle habits in feeding and swallowing), oral myology and neurology, otitis media, movement disorders and the oral links with sleep and breathing disorders.
We have established excellent links with osteopathy, chiropractic, and many other health professionals in order to build a team-based collaborative approach to CMD, orthodontics and other related disorders; we now have the opportunity to develop the same connection with the world of medicine, especially with those who have a similar outlook and philosophy to our own.
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You may remember that we came to you with our daughter in April 2007. She was being treated unsuccessfully at Mayday Hospital for what you were able to diagnose as TMJ dysfunction. A splint was made for her to wear over her bottom teeth and this gave her considerable re
Having experienced a lot of pain for a number of years I discovered quite by chance through a friend the work Helen had been doing for TMJ, after the second visit to have a splint fitted, I went home to London and from Haslemere to London the difference was unbelievable
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