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severe mouth pain

TMJ Relief
in Docklands

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects your jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If your jaws are sore, it can affect everything from eating and speaking to your facial expressions. At Pinnacle Dental, we offer a safe way to reduce TMD symptoms without surgery or invasive techniques.

What Causes TMD?

The most common causes of TMD symptoms are related to parafunctional activity, such as

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism)
  • A malocclusion, where the teeth and jaws are misaligned
  • Traumatic injury to the jaw

When your teeth do not meet together properly, it can lead to stress on the TMJ and the muscles that control jaw movement. The same thing can happen if you clench and grind your teeth together while you sleep. If left untreated, this stress can cause jaw pain, tenderness, clicking or popping sounds and swelling in the joint.
TMD can also cause discomfort in the muscles around your jaw, neck and face.

What Treatments Are Available?

There are several approaches to treating TMD, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Treatment options include medications, physical therapy, stress management techniques, splint therapy or surgery in extreme cases. Splint therapy is a straightforward and conservative alternative. This approach involves using an occlusal splint or a nightguard to reduce stress on the joint and muscles. Your device helps to protect the teeth and prevent further damage from grinding or clenching while you sleep.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD, it’s important to seek treatment. Early intervention with an occlusal splint can prevent the condition from worsening and help to alleviate pain, discomfort or damage to your smile.

Book an Appointment

Contact us today to reserve a screening and to learn more about our protective occlusal splints for TMD.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


TMJ Relief in Docklands, Melbourne VIC | (03) 9052 4422