Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Scarborough

What is a TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your jawbone to your skull. The TMJ, which can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side, is considered one of the most complex joints in the body. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJs

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaw joint pain or stiffness
  • Clicking in your jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Uneven bite
  • Worn teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Problems moving your jaw

Cause and Effect

  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding at night
  • Injuries’ or trauma to the jaw, jaw joint, or head and neck muscles
  • Problems with the jaw joint including displacement or arthritis
  • Improper movement of the ball and socket at the joint

Treating TMJs

The right treatment for you will depend on your current condition and the severity of it. A full consultation is required to determine what will work best for you. During your consultation, x-rays may be taken and a full oral examination will be performed. Some treatments that may be required:

  • Medication
  • Jaw adjustments or realignment
  • Night guards
  • Stress management
  • Dental appliances

To learn more about TMJ Treatments, click on the video below.

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