TMJ disorder refers to a jaw joint that is not functioning correctly, and thus can cause pain. The jaw joint is a ball and socket. When it is functioning properly, the ball and socket don't actually touch, but are cushioned by a thin disc of cartilage that rides between them.
The Temporomandibular Joints
Everyone has two temporomandibular joints which allow us to open and close our mouths when eating, speaking, or swallowing.
Each TMJ connects the jaw to the skull with a number of muscles and ligaments.
TMJ is simply a jaw joint that is not functioning correctly, and thus can cause pain.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
The most common symptoms of TMJ are: pain in the following areas: jaw joint, ear, neck, shoulders or face. Other symptoms could be
How do we diagnose and treat TMJ?
- difficulty opening the mouth wide or asymmetrical jaw opening
- “locked” jaw
- difficulty closing teeth together properly to eat
- clicking or grinding sounds from the joint
At High Park Dental Care we will provide you with a thorough check up. We will examine your temporomandibular joints for pain and tenderness,and listen for popping or grating sounds during jaw movement. If required, we will take appropriate x-rays. Sometimes, for example we may recommend a panoramic x-ray of your jaw. These x-rays allow us to examine your entire jaw to make sure other problems aren’t causing the symptoms. On occasion a specialist consultation is beneficial.
From our thorough diagnosis we will devise a treatment plan that is right for you. We will create a program of therapy that may greatly reduce the stress on the joint while aligning it more accurately and comfortably.