The video above gives a brief idea of how complex human jaw movement is on one axis. Add in the variations we are capable of and the reason the majority of jaw disorders are motion related becomes evident.
The temporomandibular joint bears the strain and disorders there are the most common issue. Either with the joint itself, or the articular disc at the joint’s core, which can become displaced, or deteriorate.
Other problems still affect our jaw and should be considered as part of diagnosis. Through a combination of digital imaging, tissue, or blood analysis and a maxillofacial consultant’s experience.
Prevalent Jaw Conditions
Rheumatoid arthritis is a notable cause of jaw pain, an autoimmune, inflammatory disease which can bring swelling and discomfort.
The movements we need to make, such as chewing, or speaking can heighten these symptoms. Ear ache is quite common, or the bodily balance system we have can be out of kilter, causing dizziness, or nausea.
Osteonecrosis is a fairly rare, although damaging condition. The bone degenerates due to lack of blood flow to support the natural renewal process. Alongside, pain, or numbness, the jaw can fail to heal after trauma, or dental work.
Cancer of the jaw can originate in the mouth, or elsewhere in the body and bring similar symptoms. Identifying this at at the earliest stage possible is vital for a good long term outcome.
To conditions above, we could add fractures, or dislocation, often caused by trauma. Wisdom teeth have an impact on the jaw, as can infection, an area at the centre of our wellbeing has a range of vulnerabilities.
Taking A Rounded View
The likelihood is that one condition lies at the root of unwanted symptoms in the jaw, although making this assumption will not be helpful.
Your consultant should discuss issues you have in detail and carry out a thorough physical examination. They may organise scans of the region, or other diagnostic tests. Complete understanding leads to good treatment planning.
Whether treatment at our Harley Street clinic is for a prevalent jaw disorder, such as temporomandibular joint problems, or a rarer condition, you can be assured this will be based on an understanding of your individual needs.