The temporomandibular joint refers to the joint situated in front of the ear allowing jaw movement. A structural imbalance between the jaw and the skull can lead to a chronic degenerative condition knowns as temporomandibular disorder or TMD. Our dentists at GD Orthodontics are dedicated to effective TMJ treatment in Mississauga, while ensuring your comfort.
Some of the common symptoms of TMJ include headaches, trouble opening your mouth and jaw locking. The pain caused by this affliction might affect chewing and swallowing of any food item.
Causes of TMD
Habits such as grinding your teeth or clenching can tire your jaw muscles, causing continuous muscle spasms, sore muscles and tissue damage. TMD can also occur because of:
Improper shape of TMJ
Joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
Injured joint or tissue around it
Usually, the TMJ disorder can be cured without treatment. To reduce pain yourself, you can:
Apply ice pack on your jaw for a few minutes, multiple times in a day
Avoid eating hard food items
Rest your jaw
Reduce stress through physiotherapy sessions
We also offer other treatments such as Invisalign and surgical orthodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do clicking jaw joints indicate that I have TMD?
Popping and clicking jaw joints are some of the symptoms of TMD. Consult our experts without delay if you experience them.
Does TMJ disorder require surgery?
TMJ can be cured non-surgically, allowing you to get back to your normal way of life such as chewing and talking.
Are headaches caused by TMD?
Clenching your teeth can put undue pressure on your jaw joints resulting in headaches.
Which are the exercises to reduce TMD pain?
Activities that can help you reduce your jaw pain include: