What exactly is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is not a condition as such. Rather, it is a collection of symptoms that affect the TMJ. Examples of TMJ disorder symptoms include:
- stiffness in the joint
- restricted range of movement
- clicking and popping noises when you move your jaw
- headaches and migraines
- neck and shoulder pain
- jaw pain
There are various possible causes of TMJ disorder, including bruxism (tooth grinding), degenerative conditions affecting the joints (such as arthritis) and injuries affecting the jaw.
Treating TMJ disorder
In many mild cases of TMJ disorder, there might not be a need for formal treatment. However, if symptoms are affecting your day to day life or are getting worse, treatment will probably be recommended. The course of action taken is often dependent on the cause of the symptoms. In cases linked to bruxism, there are various solutions such as stress and anxiety management techniques and wearing a custom-fit bite guard. Bite guards are used to provide a protective shield that prevents the teeth from clashing and grinding together during the night. In other cases where underlying medical conditions are involved, medication may be recommended.
If you think you may be suffering with signs of TMJ disorder, call us today.