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TMD Treatment

Severe jaw painJaw pain. Headaches. A clicking of the jaw joints. Difficulty opening your mouth. These are some of the more common symptoms of TMD, which stands for temporomandibular jaw joint dysfunction. People who suffer from TMD not only experience pain but also a reduction in their quality of life. At Go Dental Surgery, we offer effective solutions to address your TMD.

Dr. Tiffany’s Training

Providing TMD treatment for her patients is a particular passion for Dr Tiffany. That’s why she’s undergone additional training. “I’ve done a lot of extra study in that area over the years and am attending courses in the Gold Coast of Sydney and in New York as well,” she said. Dr Tiffany is currently completing her diploma in TMD and sleep-disturbed breathing.

Appliance Therapy & Orthodontic Approaches

To address TMD, we provide appliance therapy in the form of a night guard or a day guard. These appliances can help protect the teeth and jaw joints. Adjunctive physical therapy is available too.

Along with TMD treatment, we offer functional orthodontics. With straightening teeth there are two main approaches. One is a cosmetic-focused approach, which we offer with options like aligner treatment or Invisalign® or perhaps cosmetic tooth bonding. Another approach is functional orthodontics, which aims to help patients to have a healthy jaw joint and a stable and spacious airway, as well as having straight teeth.

Airway Management

We know that there’s a correlation between jaw joint issues, snoring and TMD issues. The management of TMD often goes hand-in-hand with airway management. The appliances that we customise for patients aim to protect the teeth and the jaw joint, and also, quite often open up the airway by advancing the lower jaw forward.

When the lower jaw comes forward the tongue comes forward with it and that helps to maintain that vital airway space behind the tongue. Often when patients are sleeping, the muscles of the face, neck and jaw muscles will relax and narrow off that critical airway space.

TMD and sleep apnoea management involve helping a patient to maintain their airway space better, as well as incorporating some other advice and perhaps getting some other health professionals on board. In particular, we may refer you to a throat specialist or for allergy desensitisation treatment.

Myofunctional Therapy

Another way to effectively address TMD is through myofunctional therapy, which helps patients establish correct breathing habits that relate to nasal breathing, lip seal and tongue posture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could my headache and neck pain be related to clenching and grinding my teeth?

Yes, that’s because the tension extends into the neck and head.

Are there dietary changes I can make to improve my TMD?

We recommend that you avoid consuming sugar, caffeine and alcohol as these all can increase tension and strain on the jaw muscles. It’s also a good idea to take small bites of food and avoid those that are chewy or crunchy.

Can making sleep hygiene changes help?

Yes, in particular, sleeping on your back won’t put pressure on your jaw and will provide support to the head, neck and shoulders. In this sleeping position, you’ll be less likely to clench your jaw or grind your teeth. We also can recommend the right kind of pillow and mattress that could help.

Book a Consultation

If you’re suffering from TMD, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. As TMD management is quite multifaceted we can likely find the treatment that will work for you!

*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.


TMD Treatment in Gosnells, Maddington WA | (08) 9398 1427