TMJ Disorder Treatment
The joint on either side of the jaw is known as the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short. This hinge-like joint is used countless times per day for eating, talking, laughing, smiling and yawning. In some individuals, the TMJ and associated muscles can cause pain and other issues that can have a big impact on a person’s day-to-day life. These issues are collectively referred to as TMJ disorder.
At Dental on Clarendon, we offer safe and effective non-surgical treatments for TMJ disorder to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Make an appointment with our dentist today to find out how we can help you.
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What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Teeth grinding and clenching is one of the causes of TMJ disorder that can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety. Sleep apnoea, bone diseases and trauma are also some of the other main causes of TMJ disorder. Dysfunction of the TMJ can cause various issues, including difficulty opening and closing your mouth which affects your ability to chew and talk. It can also lead to headaches and migraines; neck or shoulder pain; earaches; locking and clicking of the jaw; and limited range of motion.
Treatment Available at Dental on Clarendon
One of the treatments available to address the muscular component of TMJ Disorder is the injection of muscle relaxants. This can ease pain symptoms for appropriate patients.
This is often used in conjunction with a night guard (splint) therapy and physical self-regulation techniques for those that experience pain from TMJ Disorder.