Temporomandibular Joints & Disorders

Painful, clicky joints will most likely get worse with time.
It is imperative that we stabilise this before we carry out any orthodontic treatment.

Understanding TMJ

The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone in the base of your skull and allows us to chew properly. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Painful, clicky joints will most likely get worse with time. It is imperative that we stabilise a compromised joint before we carry out any irreversible orthodontic treatment. This is usually done by using an acrylic splint for a few months until the joints are healthy and stable.

In short, the important goals in orthodontic treatment (namely facial aesthetics, dental aesthetics, functional occlusion, periodontal health and TMJ health) are all based on a stable and healthy joint.

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The Masticatory System

The masticatory system is a part of the body primarily responsible for chewing, speaking, and swallowing. It is comprised of your teeth, bones, muscles, ligaments, and the temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s). It is a highly complex system that requires a profound functional and anatomical understanding.

A good orthodontic treatment has to take all these structures into account and they all have to function in unison without any sign of breakdown, inflammation, or pain.

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Michael B.
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I was very impressed with Dr Masters' approach, he took his time to explain the different treatment options for my particular dental problem. I have been suffering with jaw pain for several years and in 45 minutes Dr... Masters managed to explain to me what no one had been able to do for 20 years. I am very happy with the treatment and I no longer suffer from headaches and jaw pain. I highly recommend him.read more
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John S.
I was recommended to see Laurence for my orthodontics and it's so worth it!I travel all the way from Oldham to Chester every 6 weeks for my treatment and wouldn't change that for anything.He is very professional and... extremely knowledgeable in this field, yet treats you just like a family friend and is somebody who I would certainly recommend to see, whatever your concerns may be, he is the man!I'm half way through my treatment, currently have fixed braces on and there has been so many positive changes so far... I can't wait till it's all complete, thanks again Laurence!read more
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Jay P.
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