The acronym TMJ is short for an important facial joint called the temporomandibular joint. This joint allows you to talk and eat as it links the two jaw bones and the teeth that are embedded in them and allows them to open and close like a hinge. Problems with the TMJ can be quite painful and difficult to diagnose because they are typically varied and not always related to the joint area itself.
This is a list of possible symptoms which may alert you to a problem with your TMJ:
There are a number of potential causes of a TMJ related health problem, such as an accident, bad bite, repetitive strain injury, mental stress and a trauma. TMJ problems can be diagnosed and assessed by a dentist with the appropriate training and you may turn to your Oakville, Ontario dentist if you find that your doctor is unable to suggest treatment.
Treatment for temporomandibular disorder
Problems with your TMJ are usually referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). If you have jaw pain or any of the other symptoms listed above, your Oakville, Ontario dentist will first make sure that you are not suffering from any other medical problem.
The dentist will then make a careful analysis of your joint using special diagnostic technology which maps out the alignment of the jaw joint so that the degree of misalignment can be accurately measured.
He or she may then suggest a series of treatment options, such as gentle electrical stimulation of the joint to relax it and the use of a purpose built mouthguard to help realign your jaw into the right position. Splints may be used to prevent your teeth from damaging each other as your mouth closes and help to allow your jaw to heal faster. The treatment package is aimed at re setting your jaw over time into the most comfortable and natural position.