TMJ Dysfunction & Neuromuscular Dentist

Relieve jaw pain with TMJ and Neuromuscular Treatment at Dr Finkelstein Dentist in Sydney & Chatswood, North Sydney

TMJ or Temporo Mandibular Joint disorder is a condition affecting joints and muscles in the jaw joint, often resulting in pain and discomfort. Finkelstein Dentist in Sydney & Chatswood offer a variety of treatments that treat both the cause and the symptoms of TMJ.  Common TMJ symptoms are:

  • headaches
  • clicking jaw
  • facial pain and swelling
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • ringing in the ear
  • restricted jaw movement

Dr Finkelstein treats the following TMJ Symptoms:

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry is a division of dentistry that measures and assesses the structure and purpose of your facial joints and muscles to determine a structure that is ideal for your wellbeing and contentment. If the nerves, joints and muscles located in your face and jaw are not operating effectively then it is likely that you will suffer from a multitude of symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, facial aches, joint pain in the jaw, clicking in the jaw and ear aches.


TMJ dysfunction is a condition that is experienced by an extensive number of people daily. TMJ sufferers often experience extreme headaches, grinding of their teeth, and sporadic ear ringing and jaw aches of fluctuating degrees. Most sufferers of TMJ dysfunction are oblivious to the cause of their discomfort and are often unaware that dentists can treat it. The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction often disrupt the everyday activities of sufferers and can be unbearable for some. For sufferers of TMJ dysfunction, Dr Finkelsteins primary concern is to relieve their pain and we attempt to achieve this through a number of examinations. Dr Finkelstein will assess and diagnose your condition and be able to establish a treatment option best suited to your symptoms.


Headaches are frequently an indicator of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome. TMJ dysfunction causes tension headaches, which are the most common type of headache. The pain is often described as a throbbing sensation in a ring around the head, as though one is wearing a hat two sizes too small. Unfortunately, these headaches are often misdiagnosed and treated as migraine headaches due to their frequency and severity.

Clicking Jaw

A clicking, popping or snapping sound in the jaw joint almost always accompanies Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.  Usually a popping jaw can be attributed to a displaced disc in the jaw.  Neuromuscular Dentistry works to return the misaligned bite and displaced disk to their optimal positions. This assists in allowing the clicking and popping sounds in the jaw to disappear and enables the muscles to hold the disc in place without tension, alleviating the jaw, face, head, neck, back, and shoulder pain caused by TMJ dysfunction.

Facial Pain

The misalignment of a patient’s bite can cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) abnormalities and many associated symptoms, including facial pain or myofascial pain.  We can use myofascial pain treatment to realign and correct your bite so that the teeth, muscles, and joints all work together without tension, relieving your facial pain.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Having an “incorrect bite” (malocclusion) causes abnormalities in the jaw’s relationship with the skull. The jaw is twisted into a strained position that triggers pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back.  While neuromuscular dentistry does not claim to treat neck, back, shoulder, or arm pain, a realignment of the bite can alleviate pain in many areas of the body.

Ringing in the Ear – Tinnitus

A ringing ear, or Tinnitus, is another indicator of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).  Ringing in the ears is often caused by a strained bite due to a misalignment of the jaw.  Unfortunately, Tinnitus is often misdiagnosed, and is frequently treated ineffectively or not treated at all! If your Tinnitus is caused by an incorrect or misaligned bite, we aim to remove this dental abnormality by stabilizing and repositioning the bite so that the entire jaw area works together without pain.

TMJ Treatment

A misaligned bite, or Malocclusion, can be easily corrected by Neuromuscular Dentistry. Neuromuscular Dentistry aims to adjust the bite, realign the jaw and restore the teeth to their optimal positions.

To find out more about our TMJ dentist treatments, call and talk to one of our friendly staff today at our Sydney clinic!

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have.  We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS