Everything You Need to Know about TMJ
TMJ Disorder Toronto – Have you been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder? Are you concerned that you might have a problem with your TMJ? Either way, you’re not alone.
What is a TMJ problem?
TMJ problems occur in the temporomandibular joint, which connects the skull to the lower part of the jaw. Problems arise when the muscles and ligaments surrounding this joint get tight, inflamed, and/or misaligned.
Patients with TMJ issues often complain of headaches, locking in the jaw, ringing in the ears, neck and shoulder pain, feelings of stiffness in the jaw, difficulty swallowing and opening their mouth wide and more. It can be very unpleasant.
Causes of TMJ pain
There are many things that can cause TMJ pain. It can be caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night, it could be arthritis, genetics, or an injury to the jaw. But the good news is, problems in and around the TMJ can usually be treated easily, and without surgery.
If your dentist at Lawrence Avenue Dental thinks you might have a problem with your TMJ, they will likely order an x-ray or scan to examine the teeth and jaw and see if there are problems with the joint disk or the tissue around the disc.
Some of the treatment options for TMJ issues are:
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
Over-the-counter options work well for many, but if they’re not strong enough to relieve your pain, your dentist or doctor may prescribe something stronger.
- Muscle relaxants
Many people suffer from TMJ pain caused by muscle cramping and spasms. Muscle relaxants can help prevent this by relaxing the muscles around the jaw.
- Mouth guards
Your dentist may suggest a custom-made device for you to wear over your teeth to prevent clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night, which is a major cause of TMJ pain.
- Botox injections
You may have heard of Botox and its ability to reduce the look of aging, but it is also a great therapy for TMJ pain relief! Injecting Botox into the muscles around the TMJ can block the nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements and forcing the muscles to relax.
TMJ Disorder Toronto
If you have any of the symptoms above and would like to be assessed for TMJ problems, please give Lawrence Avenue Dental a call today. Our team knows all about TMJ and is happy to discuss your situation and develop a treatment plan that’s unique to you and your needs.