Think you may have a temporo-mandibular joint problem?
It is important to receive an accurate and detailed examination by a dentist
The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint. It connects the lower jaw to the temporal bones on each side of your head. A correctly functioning joint guarantees the mobility that we need to eat (chewing and swallowing) and talk.
TMJ Problems: symptoms and causes
TMJ dysfunction may concern one or both of the joints. Here are some symptoms of joint dysfunction:
- Jaw muscle stiffness, narrow amplitude, or blockage of the jaw
- Irradiating pain in the facial area, jaw, neck, and shoulders
- Sensitive jaws
- A modification of upper and lower teeth blockage during chewing.
- Chronic headaches
- Earaches, pressure or pain in the ears, ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Certain causes of TMJ trouble are arthritis, trauma, teeth clenching/grinding, an incorrectly positioned jaw or incorrect occlusion.
Prevention and treatment by a dentist
If the dentist observes a problem with the TMJ, he can address it with a limited treatment, given its early stage. The application of heat and consumption of muscle relaxants can relax the jaw muscles and reduce inflammation. If the dysfunction is related to teeth grinding, we may examine stress reduction techniques with you. We may also suggest a mandibular guide flange prosthesis or other oral device that relaxes the jaw muscles, protects teeth from grinding, and improves occlusion alignment. It is also possible that the pain felt in the temporo-mandibular joint is due to sleep apnea!
Cases of TMJ can prove to be complex. Dr Comeau will closely assess your symptoms and determine if they are related to TMJ. He will also recommend treatments likely to relax your jaw and alleviate symptoms.