TMJ treatment Oakville
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area in your body where your jaw meets your skull. It is a common location for problems and it’s important to understand the different signs that can tell you if your experiencing dysfunction of this joint that needs attention.
TMJ if you have pain just in the front of the ear.
This is where the TMJ is located. The picture below shows you where the joint is. Patients could present with pain in their upper/back jaw or even in their ear or neck. Some patients with TMJ also have a sense of fullness in their sinuses that could be from the TMJ issue. The pain could be there all the time, when you sleep or when you eat or yawn. Some patients even get the pain when they drink cold or hot food. If any of this sounds familar book today and see Dr. Steve.
2. Your jaw clicks or pops.
The TMJ has a disc between the jaw and the skull bones that acts as a shock absorber. This disc normally slides nicely along with the jaw when it opens and closes. Sometimes the disc can fall out position from trauma or other reasons and get stuck. When the jaw tries to open or close, it no longer slides with the disc. Instead, it “clicks” or “pops” over the stuck disc. Some TMJ patients notice the click or pop when they are eating, sleeping, stressed or even laughing.
3. Your jaw locks with TMJ.
Sometimes the jaw bone can’t slide over the stuck disc. This can cause the jaw to lock when it is trying to open or when it is trying to close. Jaw locking could last from seconds to days. If your jaw is locking more then once a day for more then a couple seconds each time get in ASAP for Oakville TMJ treatment. If your jaw feels dislocated and it is locked open or closed got to your medical doctor or emergency at the hospital.
4. TMJ can make it hurt to chew.
Chewing places stress through the TMJ and uses the muscles that surround it. This will be painful in someone with a problem of the joint. Chewing could be painful with gum , harder foods or even sipping on a straw. If your suffering from any of the symptoms above and its painful when you chew, get into our clinic for jaw treatment before its too late.
5. You grind your teeth.
Grinding the teeth places irregular stresses on the TMJ. This can create pain and problems with TMJ function. If you are grinding your jaw or your teeth during the day it could be due to stress or severe TMJ issues. We rcoemend you see your Dentist to get a night guard if you are grinding while you sleep. A great Oakville Dentist for night guard constructions is
6. You have headaches.
Headaches can be caused from the tightness in the muscles that surround the TMJ and also from the joint itself.
If you have any one or a combination or these symptoms, it’s possible you have a TMJ problem. This can happen for a number of reasons including; jaw alignment issues or a past injury to the jaw, grinding the teeth, poor posture, stress, and excessive gum chewing.
Here are some things you can do at home for relief:
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid chewing gum
- Maintain good posture
- Manage your stress levels
- Ice the area
- Get treatment. If you are in pain or discomfort, call us direct at: 905-827-4197 or