TMJ Disorders

Whilst TMJ disorders can be successfully treated conservatively, in some cases surgery might be necessary. After initial consultation, our team of experts will be able to assess, diagnose and prescribe the best treatment for your particular condition. Our team of restorative consultants, Dr Shakeel Shahdad and Dr Kushal Gadhia are all able to offer non-surgical options, whereas Professor James McCaul is an expert in surgical intervention of TMJ disorders.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is the abbreviation for ‘Temporomandibular Joint’, which is your jaw joint.

You may come across other abbreviation like:

TMJPDS – Temporomandibular Joint Pain Dysfunction Syndrome
TMDS – Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome

All of the above describes a variety of conditions that cause muscular pain and dysfunction within your jaw joint and the surrounding muscles that control your jaw movements.

What can cause TMJ Problems?

There are several reasons that TMJ problems could occur, such as:

  • Grinding teeth
  • Injury to the jaw joint
  • Disease
  • Tightening of jaw muscles
  • Stressing the joint


What symptoms may I get?

TMJ problems sometimes result in several different types of symptoms. The symptoms can vary depending on each individual case.

Some symptoms that you may come across could include:

  • Clicking
  • Pain in front of your ear
  • Grating noises
  • Misalignment of the bite
  • Trouble opening the mouth wide
  • Painful jaw muscles


How would I know if I may have TMJ Problems?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions it may mean you have TMJ disorder. We would recommend you see a member of our team for consultation to fully assess you.

  1. Do you grind or clench your teeth?
  2. When you wake up, are the muscles around your jaw sore or stiff?
  3. Do you suffer with regular neck pain or headaches?
  4. Do you feel more pain when clenching your teeth?
  5. Do you find it painful when you eat or yawn?
  6. Have you had an injury to your jaw, head or neck in the past?
  7. do you suffer from arthritis?
  8. Do your teeth not touch, when biting down?
  9. Do you find your teeth don’t fully align?
  10. Do you find it difficult to tear or bite food with your front teeth?
  11. When you open your mouth do you find your jaw grates, pops, locks or catches?

What treatments can be provided for TMJPDS?

Each patient will receive advice and recommendations by experts in the field.

Treatment for TMJ problems varies depending on your individual needs. Some patients will benefit from splint therapy, whereas other may need procedures like ‘Arthrocentesis’ (surgical wash out of jaw joint under general anaesthesia).

Each individual with TMJ problems receives a detailed consultation and a personalised management plan.


For more information or to arrange a consultation please contact 0207 580 4200.

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