TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint disorder” and refers to pain in the jaw joint. Although the hallmark of TMJ is pain in the jaw joint, it can cause symptoms in a number of different areas.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ typically causes pain in the jaw joint. However, it can also include pain in the area surrounding the joint, headaches, dizziness, difficulty chewing or biting, ear pain, ringing in the ear, and even hearing loss. TMJ can sometimes lead to nausea and vomiting. In some cases, it can even cause your jaw to lock open or shut. It can also cause your bite to feel unusual or "out of place".
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, we recommend you make an appointment to meet with our helpful team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.
After a simple examination, our experienced team will be able to tell you if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to TMJ.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ can be caused by a number of different elements, including:
- Trauma to the jaw area
- Wear and tear over time
- Behavioural habits (for example teeth grinding or clenching)
Our helpful team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton will discuss your symptoms, habits and lifestyle and help you to understand how your habits might be worsening your TMJ.
Sometimes a few simple alterations in lifestyle and behaviour can lead to significant improvement of TMJ symptoms.
How can Downtown Dental of Hamilton provide TMJ treatment?
If our experienced team has diagnosed TMJ, there are a number of excellent TMJ treatment options available to you. We frequently recommend a custom-made bite guard for our patients suffering from TMJ, as this simple appliance can lead to significant improvement of symptoms. We might refer you to a specialist if we feel it is necessary.
Other TMJ treatment options include physical therapy, specialized medication, personal habit or lifestyle advice, or injections. In rare cases, surgery may be recommended. Our experienced team can help to determine the best TMJ treatment for you.
If you have any questions about TMJ treatment or any dental procedure, contact our knowledgeable team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.
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