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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder (also known as Jaw Joint Dysfunction) is a condition that results in inflammation and pain in the jaws, and an inability to open or close your mouth.


Your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) is located just towards the front of each ear. The joint enables you to open and close your mouth (for eating and talking, etc). Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is an umbrella name for a group of conditions that can prevent the joint from functioning normally.


To manage this, scans will be done to assess your teeth, bite, and jaw joint, and determine the right dental treatment.

What Can Cause TMJ Disorder?

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What Can Cause TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder stems from problems in one or a combination of three areas:

  1. The chewing muscles around your temples and cheeks that work to move your jaw joint
  2. The cartilage disc within your jaw joint that functions as a shock absorber and lubricant
  3. The bones that are involved within your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)


The main causes of TMJ disorder are usually:

  1. The overloading of your jaw joint from prolonged and heavy stresses, for example, from habitually clenching or grinding your teeth (often silently and unknowingly whilst you are asleep).
  2. Trauma to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), such as from a blow to your lower jaw or face, indirectly or directly.
  3. Arthritis (inflammation) of your jaw joint, which is a degenerative process. This is often associated with certain medical conditions such as – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Sjogren's Syndrome, etc.

In many patients however, the cause of TMJ disorder may stem from different sources and may not be fully clear.

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Do I Need Treatment for my TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder can cause you many inconvenient symptoms, especially:

Experiencing Significant Pain

The pain is usually experienced over your jaw joint area, your cheek or temple regions. It tends to manifest as a dull ache, that is made worse by chewing or with the opening and closing of your mouth.


It is often the result of inflammation of your jaw joint or your chewing muscles. This facial pain can be impairing, causing you to have difficulty eating or just going about your daily life comfortably.

Restriction of Opening & Closing Your Mouth

It can restrict your jaw movements, affecting your ability to talk, chew and yawn. Not being able to open or close your mouth in a way you normally would be able to can affect your speech and eating. This can be especially worrying if it occurs suddenly.


Experiencing Clicking or Grinding

Sometimes when opening or closing your mouth, you may experience clicking, popping or grinding noises around your jaw joint. 

Are You the Right Candidate for TMJ Disorder Treatment?

  • Do you experience pain over your jaw joint area and/or at your cheek or temple regions?
  • Are you unable to open or close your mouth fully?
  • Do you experience clicking or grinding noises around your jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth, accompanied with other symptoms?

Are You the Right Candidate for TMJ Disorder Treatment?


What Does TMJ Disorder Treatment Involve?

Stage 1: Detailed Exploration of Concerns

  • When you visit Nuffield Dental for your consultation, rest assured that you will be placed under the meticulous care of our team of providers, who will take the time to actively listen and discuss all of your individual concerns.

Stage 3: Devising Individualised Treatment Plan

Our providers will then thoroughly explain your condition, the benefits and risks of each of the possible options, the procedure and duration of having them, and then tailor a final health care treatment plan in partnership with you.

Stage 2: Full Dental Assessment

  • Your general health condition, as well as the condition of your teeth and gums, will be thoroughly examined.
  • This will include having to take some X-rays, CBCT scans or T-scans, to assess your teeth, bite, and temporomandibular joint to determine your suitability for TMJ disorder treatment or other options.

Types of TMJ Disorder Therapies

There is a range of ways as to how TMJ disorder can be managed and some pain relief can be provided, depending on your specific diagnosis and cause. Your dentist will provide you with information on which type or types of treatment will suit your specific condition best:


  • Home exercises and medication 
  • Splint therapy
  • Disclusion joint therapy
  • Jaw Joint Arthrocentesis
  • TMJ TENS Therapy



Types of TMJ Disorder Therapies

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TMJ TENS Therapy

The TMJ Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Machine blocks pain signals to the brain, hence helps facial muscles around the temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) to relax. It allows the dentist to determine the correct bite to treat pain and restore jaw health. Most importantly, the process becomes more comfortable for patients.


  • Drug-free, non-invasive
  • Immediate, long-lasting pain relief
  • Significantly reduces symptoms

TMJ TENS Therapy

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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures comfortable, accessible and seamless.

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Our dentists have been accredited in dental treatments for 20+ years. We have accredited dental providers who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.

TMJ Disorder Treatment Costs in Singapore?

Please call one of our Nuffield Dental clinics in Singapore for pricing details.

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