TMD/TMJ Treatment in Woodbridge, ON
What is TMD?
If you suffer from chronic pain in the face, jaw, head, neck or shoulder area, it may be due to Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). TMD involves can also affect the muscles that are involved in the movement of the jaw. Since TMD produces such a wide variety of symptoms in some patients, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat in some cases.
TMD involves the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is located on opposite sides of your head, near your ears. The TMJ connects your jawbone to your skull. The TMJ can move forwards, backwards, sideways and can even rotate. The TMJ along with your other ligaments and muscles enables you to chew, speak and swallow. Any issues with the TMJ or any associated muscles or ligaments is referred to as TMD.
Symptoms of TMD may include pain and tenderness around the ear, TMJ area, or muscles of the face, jaw or temples. Difficulty opening or closing your mouth, a crunching or grinding noise when you chew, yawn or open your mouth are also symptoms of TMD. Some patients may experience a clicking or popping noise when opening or close their mouth as well. Frequent headaches and neck pain can also be a sign of TMD.
TMD issues sometimes go away on their own if they are not exacerbated. Try to relax your jaw muscles by limiting the opening your jaw when taking big bites of food. Cut food into smaller pieces when eating and eat foods that are soft. A warm or cold compress can be applied to the jaw and used to massage the jaw muscles gently.
If the TMD issues do not subside, your dentist will be able to suggest other treatment options such as the use of a night guard or in rare cases, surgery.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, call us now: (905) 605-5020.