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Joint Pain

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a term used to describe dysfunction of the jaw muscles and joints. It affects people of all ages and impacts approximately 5% of the population. The condition can result in the misalignment or displacement of the jaw, which places stress on the nerves, blood vessels, muscles of the jaw joints. Over a period of time, your body may begin to compensate by adapting an unnatural position involving the muscles of the neck, back or even the arms and pelvis.

Temporomandibular joint

Symptoms of TMJ disorder
  • clicking or popping sensations with the movement of your jaw joints

  • pain when the mouth is opened or limited range of opening

  • clenching or grinding teeth

  • facial pain and a sense of facial muscle fatigue

  • ear pain not caused by ear infection

  • occasional locking when jaw opened

  • frequent headaches and shoulder pain that affects posture and even mobility

  • whooshing noise in the ears

Causes of TMJ disorder

  • lost, crooked or uneven teeth

  • overbite or other bite problems that affect the joint

  • teeth that fit together poorly (malocclusion)

  • degenerative arthritis

  • head or neck injuries including whiplash

Temporary relief of TMJ disorder

  • hot and cold packs applied to the face or temple

  • limited jaw movement or local pressure such as a phone

  • do not select hard food or food that requires repetitive chewing

  • physiotherapy or massage

  • medications such as muscle relaxants

  • splint therapy designed by the dentist can eliminate the symptoms if the damage caused to the TMJ is not too severe.

TMJ treatment

After a full clinical examination, TMJ symptoms are treated using an occlusal splint. An occlusal splint is a custom-made acrylic mouthguard that distributes bite forces evenly across the bite, supporting the jaw in a comfortable position. This reduces TMJ pressure and pain and ensuring relief. TMJ treatment can dramatically improve your health and relieve you from facial, head and back pain.


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