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TMJ Treatment in Stoney Creek

You may have heard of Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), but are you aware of the symptoms and treatment involved with it? TMJ Syndrome is a set of symptoms that begin in the upper and lower jaw and radiates outward, often involving discomfort in the head, neck, and shoulders. It is a major issue that can cause extreme discomfort, but with proper TMJ treatment by a TMJ dentist, the pain can be relieved and the issue resolved.

Temporomandibular Jaw Problems

TMJ problems generally fall into 3 categories:

  • Myofascial pain: this is the most common kind of TMJ that`s discomfort in the shoulder, jaw or neck muscles
  • Internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint: can involve a displaced disc within the temporomandibular joint, a dislocated jaw or injury to the condyles (this involves the round ends of the lower jaw which fit into the jaw joint)
  • Degenerative joint disease: similar to rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the temporomandibular joint

Most problems can be resolved by a TMJ dentist through TMJ treatment. Nevertheless, degenerative joint disease and internal derangements might require the additional involvement of a medical doctor. Without working jaw joints, you will not be able to chew, speak, swallow or close and open your mouth. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in any of the areas mentioned above, you should seek medical advice from your dentist and doctor as soon as you can.

What Is TMJ Syndrome?

Your jaw controls a lot more of your actions than you may realize, and plays a role in talking, chewing, and yawning. The connection between your skull’s temporal bones and your jaw is called the temporomandibular joint and it gives you the mobility you need to eat and speak. It should be no surprise that problems with the joint can be painful and inconvenient. These disorders are often called TMD Disorders, and TMJ Syndrome is among those.

Everyone has 2 temporomandibular joints, located close to the front of our ears – there is one on the left side of the head and one on the right. TMJ syndrome is a medical problem that is related to the function of the jaw joint. When your teeth aren’t in proper relation to the joints and to each other, your jaw can easily shift to a new position so that it can compensate for the misalignment.

The conflict between the joints and the teeth’s biting surfaces then generates stress on the tendons and muscles of the temporomandibular joint, causing pain, discomfort, and other problems like:

  • Muscular aches
  • Headaches
  • Tension in the back, neck, face, and shoulders
  • Aching near the ear
  • Jaw pain or tenderness 
  • Dizziness
  • Buzzing, ringing, or hissing, in the ear
  • Difficulty and pain while chewing
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Jaw Locking or clicking
  • Teeth sensitivity

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