TMJ disorder

Treating a TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can lead to jaw pain, clicking within the jaw and difficulties opening the mouth. A dentist can help diagnose the cause of a TMJ disorder and recommend a treatment course.

Key takeaways:

  • A dentist will look for possible underlying causes of a TMJ problem, such as teeth grinding, stress or lifestyle factors.
  • Conservative treatments may be recommended including jaw exercises and relaxation methods.
  • An X-ray or MRI scan may be required if initial observations cannot locate the reason behind your jaw discomfort.

“From eating softer foods to avoiding gum, you may be able to treat your TMJ using lifestyle changes suggested by your dentist.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.