TMJ Treatment Kelowna
TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joints. These joints act like a hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull.
The muscles that control the movement of the lower jaw are attached to these bones. The function of the TMJs is to provide a hinge-like action that allows us to move our mouths, chew, talk and swallow. These joints also house the nerves and blood vessels that serve the teeth.
Because they are in constant use, they are subject to wear and tear, which can lead to pain and dysfunction. This is called TMJ disorders or TMD.
TMJ Disorders or TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorders are a condition that causes pain and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint tmj and jaw muscles.
There are many different causes of TMJ disorders, but the most common is due to teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism). This can be due to stress, misaligned teeth, or an improper bite.
TMJ disorders can also be caused by arthritis, trauma, or dislocation of the jaw.
Common Symptoms Of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
The symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary from person to person, but the most common are:
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
- Lockjaw (when you can’t open or close your mouth)
Treatment For Jaw Pain Kelowna
TMJ Treatment will vary depending on the cause of the problem. It’s important to contact an office for an initial consultation to determine what course of action can be taken.
If your TMJ disorders are caused by teeth clenching or grinding, your dentist may recommend a nightguard or splint to protect your teeth from further damage.
If your TMJ pain is caused by arthritis, they may recommend medication or surgery.
For mild cases of TMJ disorders, over-the-counter pain medication, ice packs, and heat packs can help to relieve the pain. Possibly even physical therapy.
Dental work may be recommended. There might be protruding teeth or crowns/bridges that are causing jaw discomfort. This will have to be determined during the appointment and evaluation in the office. We may advise an oral surgeon in severe situations.
A misaligned bite, or malocclusion, might be causing your jaw discomfort. Teeth that are out of alignment or an uneven bite generate forceful impacts on the jaw joints, putting strain on them. With improvements in clear aligner treatment, correcting your bite has never been easier.
If you are having TMJ pain or severe pain in your jaw joint, it’s important to see your dentist or doctor so they can diagnose and treat the problem. Left untreated, temporomandibular disorders can lead to more serious problems. Give us a call if you’re not sure what steps to take.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ pain, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Our team will work with you to find the best treatment option for you.
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