If you wake up in the morning feeling pain in your jaw, or if your jaw makes a clicking sound when you chew, you may be suffering from “TMJ Disorder.” TMJ stands for Temporomandibular joint and is the joint which connects your lower jawbone to your skull’s temporal bone. When it becomes inflamed it can become quite painful.
There are a variety of causes of TMJ syndrome, from stress to excessive chewing. For a proper diagnosis, your dentist will look for the following symptoms:
- Pain in the neck, at the base of the ears and in the lower back of your head
- Wear marks on your teeth (especially if no other symptoms of misalignment are present)
- Difficulty opening the jaw completely
- Popping or grinding sounds when opening the mouth widely
General treatment includes a special mouth guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged while simultaneously keeping your jaw from clenching or tensing up while you sleep, ultimately putting an end to jaw pain. More advanced treatments can involve orthodontics depending on the severity and cause of the disorder.
If you need more information about TMJ Disorder in SE Calgary, contact us today.