The joint that connects your jawbone to your skull – on either side of your head just in front of your ears – is called the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side and is one of the most complex joints in the body. In combination with other muscles and ligaments, it lets you chew, swallow, speak, and yawn.
Here are the symptoms which might indicate a TMJ Disorder (TMD): pain and tenderness in or around the ear, face, temples or the jaw joint or jaw muscles; neck pain and headaches; problems opening or closing your mouth; noises when you chew or yawn such as popping, clicking, crunching or grinding TMD is quite common.
As well as taking a detailed health history, we will examine your jaw thoroughly and we may also take x-rays.
Options for treatment vary. They could include a night guard to help your jaw joints and muscles relax. We may suggest relaxation techniques; referral to a physiotherapist or chiropractor to help ease muscle pain. We may also prescribe treatment with medication to reduce pain and inflammation, or to relax the muscles around your jaw to reduce stress on the joints.
Whether caused by jaw injuries or joint diseases, TMD can be very painful and disruptive to your life. At Trimac Dental Centre our team has the knowledge to help.