TMJ TherapyAn Overview
Do you experience daily morning headaches? Do you suffer from chronic facial pain in the jaw, back or neck?
For many patients, regularly occurring headaches and persistent jaw pain are symptoms of a complex bite disorder known as TMD. TMD affects the health and function of the temporomandibular joints (jaw joints that connect the jawbone to the skull). Patients with TMD often have an underlying misalignment in their jaw. Purposefully making your jaw pop can further worsen symptoms of this disorder.
Patient with TMD may experience:
- Daily headaches
- Jaw pain
- Facial, neck or upper back pain
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Sensitive teeth
Our dental care team in Sudbury can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of TMJ disorders. We address the functional misalignment, as well as the dental concerns caused by prolonged bite issues. Sometimes patients experience significant tooth wear as a result. We do our utmost diligence to diagnose and correct any effects that TMJ disorders leave behind.
The Causes of TMJ
TMJ can be difficult to diagnose and treat. There is no one cause of the painful disorder. A well-trained dentist can often pinpoint the underlying cause so that patients can find relief. Common causes of TMJ pain include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Past trauma to the head, neck, or face or jaw joint
- Malocclusion (misalignment of the jaw)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
For many patients, the symptoms of TMJ lead them and their doctors to believe they have other medical issues. Patients can go many years without finding relief from their painful symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Headaches, especially right after waking up
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches