If you have pain in your jaw or hear a clicking noise when your jaw is moving, you may have a TMJ disorder.
TMJ (or temperomandibular joint) disorder is the name for different problems that can develop with your temperomandibular jaw joint, the joints which connect the jaw to the sides of the skull. TMJ issues develop for many different reasons: bruxism, damage due to injury, underlying illness, or diseases like arthritis. The ball-and-socket joint of the jaw can slip out of position, causing a misaligned bite, pain, soreness, clicking or rasping, or trouble using your jaw.
If you’ve noticed changes in your bite, pain in your jaw, frequent headaches or earaches, difficulty opening your jaw, or that telltale “clicking” noise, ask Dr Braverman at Napa Valley Dental Centre - Kleinburg Dentistry if you may have TMJ disorder. Just like any other medical or dental issue, the sooner it’s detected, the better.
Treatments can range from a mouth guard or splint, to adjustment of your jaw, to home remedies such as hot and cold packs. Dr. Braverman will advise you on your best course of treatment to best manage and even banish TMJ.
As symptoms can take many different forms related to pain in the jaw, neck, face, or head, Napa Valley Dental Centre - Kleinburg Dentistry should be your first stop to get to the root of the problem.