If you feel pain, tenderness, or general discomfort in your jaw, specifically the in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control jaw movement, you may need what’s called TMJ and TMD treatments. Additional symptoms may include facial pain, and aching around your ear. This may be temporary, and can be alleviated with treatments that are nonsurgical. Call Morgan Dental to book your next appointment.
It is not completely clear why some people are more prone to TMJ dysfunctions, but the followings are some factors to consider: Bruxing (grinding and clenching teeth), stress, injuries or trauma to the jaw joint(s), or head and neck muscles, diseases with the jaw joints including displacement or arthritis, and unresolved orthodontic/ bite issues, like deep bite that locks the lower jaw joints back into the skull and hinders their free and correct movements.
TMJ patients may experience symptoms that range from mild to severe depending on the severity of the damage and condition to their temporomandibular joints and their surrounding structures. TMJ dysfunction could become a debilitating chronic or acute disease affecting your daily routines due to the pain upon opening or closing or chewing, and popping and clicking in the joints or even locking of the jaws. TMD retainers, corrective braces and physiotherapy are parts of treatment for TMJ disease.