Understanding TMJ Syndrome

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Have you heard about TMJ Syndrome and are wondering if it might be affecting you? TMJ refers to the Temporomandibular joint, which is located on the lower jaw. Patients suffering with this syndrome experience awful discomfort - without proper dental treatment, TMJ may lead to chronic jaw pain. Read on to learn more about this condition.

What Is TMJ Syndrome?

The Temporomandibular joint that is located on the lower jaw is what is responsible for allowing smooth movement when we open and close our mouth to talk, chew, yawn and so forth. Disorders start when damage to the joint occurs, causing pain or discomfort.

The disorders or syndromes often linked to the TMJ include:

Myofascial pain – This refers to pain experienced in the muscles along the jaw area that control these functions, along with the neck and shoulder area. This disorder is most commonly experienced among patients.

Internal derangement of the joint – This refers to dislocation of the jaw, or a disc along the area responsible for movement.

Degenerative joint disease – Similar to arthritis, this refers to such degenerative joint diseases occurring throughout the jaw area.


How Does TMJ Syndrome Develop?

Serious trauma or force against the jaw joint can instigate many of these conditions. Any kind of sharp impact to the facial area can cause fractures and dislodge the disc along the jaw joint.

Another common culprit of TMJ Syndrome is clenching or grinding the teeth together at night, which is common among people experiencing a large amount of mental and physical stress.


How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Syndrome?

Some signs that point to this condition include a locked jaw or restricted movement, pain along the face and neck, clicking, popping, grating sensations or sound that’s painful when opening and closing, and any sudden change or shift to the upper and lower teeth bite line.


How Is This Treated?

Diagnosing these disorders can be a challenge, especially since the symptoms and causes aren’t always easy to detect. However, it is important that you communicate any pain or sensations similar to those described above so that your dentist can examine your jaw structure and detect any abnormalities.

If you feel like you’re suffering with symptoms that relate to TMJ Syndrome, talk to your dentist about any sensations you may be experiencing. They can help you determine if it is in fact occurring, and what the best method of treatment is for you.

Have questions about your dental treatments or interested in more information about TMJ Syndrome? Contact our team at Carlingwood Dental Centre.

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