Jaw pain and TMJ disfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge that connects the jaw to the skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the muscles that control jaw movements and the jaw bone.

Such TMJ disorders can be due to trauma or arthritis but often the cause is unknown. Treatment for TMJ disorders is through non-surgical treatments such as jaw exercises, medication or provision of a bite guard.

Surgical intervention may be required for more severe TMJ disorders. A common consequence of such TMJ disorders can be clenching or grinding of the teeth. A clicking sound can also be heard when you open your mouth.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew. But if there’s no pain or limitation of movement associated with your jaw clicking, you probably don’t need treatment for a TMJ disorder.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss your options with a dentist.

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