What is TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a hinge connecting your jaw bone to your skull, one on each side of your head. It is a ball and socket joint with an intervening disc, that works together with supporting jaw muscles and ligaments to help you chew swallow, and even speak.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder can cause pain when moving your jaw. The pain can be felt in the joints and muscles that are used.
Symptoms Of TMD
- Painful and or difficulty chewing.
- Stiffness or locking of the jaw.
- Pain in the TMJ or jaw muscles.
- Clicking or popping of the joint.
- Limitations in jaw movement.
- Headaches, especially in the temples.
What Causes TMD?
There could be multiple causes of TMD including :
- Stress or injury.
- A misaligned bite.
- Orthodontic treatment.
- Teeth grinding.
- Arthritis or degenerative bone defects.
- Poor posture.
When To See A Doctor
If you have persistent pain in your jaw or have issues opening or closing your jaw you should see a doctor immediately to discuss possible treatments. To eliminate prolonged pain we suggest eating softer foods, avoiding repetitive movements such as gum chewing, ice chip chewing, or eating sticky foods, and wearing a fitted night guard to reduce tension from teeth grinding or clenching
What Can You Do To Relieve TMJ Pain?
If you have been experiencing some or all of these symptoms and still haven’t found a permanent solution, do not despair! Our doctor can offer a fresh approach to treating the root cause not just your symptoms.
Here are five self-care steps you can do at home to prevent and relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorder:
- Avoid overworking the jaw joint by eating hard foods or chewing gum.
- Try gently massaging the muscles to release tension.
- Implement a mid daily exercise routine.
- Earn stress-reducing techniques.
- If you are in front of a computer all day maintain good posture by taking short breaks to rest your arms and loosen up your back and neck muscles.
Can North Bramalea Dental help with TMJ Disorder?
Your symptoms could improve by applying the self-care steps. However, to treat and eliminate the root cause of TMJ disorder, schedule a visit with our qualified dentist who specializes in the proper examination and diagnosis of the TMJ joint. Contact us to start your treatment today.