TMD Analysis and Diagnosis
T.M.J. stands for Temporo Mandibular Joint (the jaw joint in front of the ear) which is arguably the most important joint in the body. We need it working properly for eating, talking, and laughing! When it’s not functioning properly several symptoms present such as: Clicking or locking jaws, Grinding and clenching the teeth, Headaches – including Migraines, Limited jaw opening, Tinnitus (ringing in the ear), Eye pain and light sensitivity Pain around the head and face Balance problems and Neck and shoulder problems
Headaches & Jawache
Headaches involve mild to severe pain in one or more parts of the head, including the back of the head. There are mainly 2 categories of headaches: Tension Headache (most common) and Migraine Headache
Ear, Nose and Throat Problems – Do you regularly suffer from: Sore Throat due to enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids Stuffy Ears or “Glue ear”. Otitis Media Infection. Sinus Infections, pain in the face Blocked Nose, difficulty breathing through nose Allergies Rhinitis or “Runny Nose” Hearing Loss or Noise / ringing in the Ear often called “Tinnitus” Snoring
A Mouthbreather describes a person who habitually breathes air through their mouth. Breathing through the mouth can have some surprising health problems. We all know how uncomfortable it is when we get a cold and a stuffy blocked nose. We become mouth-breathers! It is difficult to sleep, our mouths dry-out, and our breath smells! When the cold is gone, nasal breathing should return to normal. However if mouth breathing continues and becomes a habit for whatever reason, many health problems can occur.
Snoring and Sleep apnoea
Sleep Apnoea occurs when someone holds their breath during sleeping, or stops breathing many times during the night. We all know nothing good happens when we stop breathing!
Tongue thrusting / Reverse Swallow
A Tongue Thrust occurs when the tongue is seen pushing either forwards or sideways against the teeth, or pushing between the front or side (back) teeth while at rest or during swallow.The tongue is the most powerful muscle in the body, and its outward pushing force can exert a lot of pressure against the teeth and move them out of alignment. This can cause the teeth to become crooked or mal-aligned resulting in a “bad-bite” or malocclusion.
Tongue Tie, referred to as “Ankyoglossis” is a common but often overlooked condition. A Tongue Tie restricts the normal movement of the tongue. It is usually noticed at birth and up to the 1940’s was routinely surgically.corrected (often by the Mid-wife). This is no longer the case, and many Tongue Ties are ignored.
Bed Wetting Or Nocturnal Enuresis refers to the unintentional passage of urine during sleep.For infants and young children, urination is involuntary. Wetting is normal for them. Most children achieve some degree of bladder control by the age of 4 years. Daytime control is usually achieved first, while nighttime control comes later.
Most people are turned-off by Bad breath. More than 70% of teenagers say it’s an instant turn-off when talking to someone of the opposite sex. It can be embarressing and very often we don’t even know that we have it, as we do not smell our own breath.
Periodontal Disease is sometimes called gum disease. It is a serious chronic infection that attacks both the gums and the bone that hold your teeth in place. It can in some cases lead to tooth loss. It has both active and quiet phases and is one of the most prevalent diseases around the world. Almost every adult will suffer from it in some shape or form.