Why Am I Having Tightness in My Jaw?

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in News
Why Am I Having Tightness in My Jaw?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the complex jaw joint which allows the jaw to chew, speak, open and close. When this joint does not work as it should it can lead to tightness in the jaw.

Key takeaways:

– TMJ disorders place stress on jaw muscles, with clicking noises or not being able to open the mouth fully as symptoms.

– An improper bite and teeth grinding can strain muscles and lead to tightness in the jaw.

– A dentist can diagnose the reasons for jaw tightness and recommend appropriate treatment.

“An improper bite, such as an open bite, crossbite, underbite, or overbite, can cause uneven wear on the teeth and strain on the jaw muscles.”

Read the full story



If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.