Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic pain in the jaw, face, head, neck or shoulders? This pain may be caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Symptoms of TMJ disorders
Signs or symptoms of TMDs include pain and tenderness in or around the ear, the jaw joint, or the muscles of the jaw, face or temples. Other symptoms are problems opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking, popping, crunching or grinding noise when you chew, yawn or open your mouth. TMDs may be linked with neck pain and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, tell your dentist and your doctor.
What is Temporomandibular Disease (TMD)?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your mandible (jawbone) to your temporal bone (skull). The TMJ, which can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side, is considered one of the most complex joints in the body. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMD.
Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki offer TMD Therapy in London, Ontario
After a thorough examination and, if needed, appropriate x-rays, Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh or Dr. Nuha Baalbaki may suggest a TMJ oral appliance to treat your TMD. A TMJ oral appliance is made of clear plastic and fits over the biting surfaces of the teeth of one jaw so that you bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This often helps your jaw joints and muscles to relax.
As part of the treatment plan, a referral to a physiotherapist, a chiropractor or a behavioural therapist may be necessary to help you ease muscle pain. Other treatment options may include medicine for pain, inflammation or tense muscles.