Jaw problems

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a moving or sliding joint that joins your jaw to your skull, which allows for chewing and speaking. If the TMJ does not function correctly, it is referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). TMD is a painful condition, but fortunately LN Dental can provide therapy.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Symptoms

If you have TMD, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Sinus issues
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Clicking noise in the jaw joint
  • Painful chewing or yawning
  • Locking jaw

In the early stages, symptoms can be subtle, but without treatment, the pain and indicators will likely increase, which can lessen your quality of life.

Your dentist examines your teeth and gums for signs of TMD. This includes x-rays to look at the alignment of your jaw and the condition of your TMJ. Your dentist will discuss all findings with you before plotting a therapy. In some cases, therapy means consulting with other experts to create a comprehensive treatment plan that is unique to your specific symptoms or diagnosis.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Causes

Causes of TMD may include:

  • injury
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Anatomical issues
  • Bruxism

Bruxism means you grind your teeth and clench. Because this happens during sleep, many patients are not aware that they have bruxism. But your Chester Hill dentist can spot the signs during a routine dental check-up.

For your part, you may notice some of the same symptoms associated with TMD as with bruxism. You wake with a headache, sore jaws, neck pain, and more. With bruxism, you may also notice worn teeth. As time goes by, you may even note an increase in cavities or tooth fractures.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) Treatment in LN Dental

Typically, we use an occlusal splint, medication, and physiotherapy to get you started. Our goal is to reverse your symptoms and relieve your pain as soon as possible.

An occlusal splint or nightguard keeps your jaws gently separated during sleep, which prevents grinding and clenching and encourages your jaw to sit at rest or in an easier more natural position.

Your dentist may recommend a soft diet until your symptoms subside as well.

Other possible strategies include:

  • Warm compresses to the jaw
  • Myotherapy or jaw massage
  • Facial fillers
  • Managing stress
  • Surgery in severe cases

Your dentist will rely on experience and the latest advances in TMD therapy to relieve your symptoms and bring your jaw in line. At LN Dental Centre, we do not like to see our patients in pain. For a TMD Evaluation, We Encourage Your Call ! If you would like to arrange a consultation for TMD, or if you have questions, we are here to chat and get you started.

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