TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, is a synovial joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is located directly in front of the ear. This joint is responsible for moving your lower jaw during chewing or talking.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are a group of common musculoskeletal problems affecting the muscles around the joint and diseases affecting the bone and cartilage of the joint. The most common diseases affecting the TMJ include:

Myofascial temporal mandibular disorder, also known as myofascial pain syndrome, which is most often caused by tension, fatigue, or spasms in the masticatory muscles.

Internal derangement of the TMJ is a disruption or displacement of the disc within the joint.

Degenerative joint disease, which includes Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Most often these conditions occur concurrently. In most people, pain, and dysfunction is brief.

Signs and Symptoms of TMD:

  • Mysterious morning headaches
  • Sinus or ear disease
  • Dull ache of chewing muscles and the joint
  • Stiffness of muscles in the jaw especially in the morning
  • Radiating pain to the ear and neck
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or grinding sounds on the opening of the jaw
  • Deviation of the jaw while opening
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Unexplained sensitivity of the teeth without the presence of oral disease
  • Dizziness
  • Poor sleep

patients can experience more than one of the above symptoms at one time. Evaluation includes detailed medical and dental history including lifestyle habits, parafunctional habits, prior history of trauma or falls, exam, and imaging. This will help the dentist to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment course for you.

Conditions that may affect the Temporomandibular joint:

  • Infections of the jaw due to untreated dental disease which includes both teeth and gums.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mouth and Jaw Tumours
  • Tendonitis

Treatment of Temporomandibular joint Disorders: Most conditions of the jaw joint can be managed with minimally invasive or reversible interventions.

Treatment approaches for the management of TMD:

  • Resting the joint
  • NSAIDS or Tylenol
  • Relaxation techniques and stress management
  • Physical therapy
  • Behaviour and lifestyle changes to reduce clenching and grinding
  • Posture Training
  • Diet changes to rest the jaw muscles
  • Night guard/Occlusal splint.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, want to learn more about disease management, or looking for TMJ treatment in Surrey, please call our office at 778-565-3368 and we will schedule you for an initial consultation.

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