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Introduction to TMJ Disorder

Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder presents as pain and dysfunction in the jaw area.

The causes of TMJ disorder can be varied. Stress and teeth grinding (bruxism) play a major role, causing excessive pressure on the joint.

Factors such as dental malocclusion, missing teeth, jaw injuries, or arthritic conditions can also contribute to the development of this disorder.

Additionally, certain habits such as frequent gum chewing, playing specific musical instruments, scuba diving, or emotional shock can exacerbate the condition.

Symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can vary but typically include jaw pain, clicking or grinding sounds during mouth movements, a sensation of stiffness or locking of the jaw, pain around the ear, and sometimes headaches or pain radiating to the neck.

an image of a lady experiencing dental pain because TMJ disorder

Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder

Non-invasive options for treating TMJ disorder include methods such as occlusal splints, which help reduce teeth grinding and pressure on the joint. Physical therapy, specific jaw exercises, and relaxation techniques can also be effective. These methods aim to relieve pain and improve joint function without surgical intervention.

In advanced cases of TMJ disorder, surgical solutions may be considered. These more complex procedures include arthroscopy for diagnosing and treating the joint, and in some cases, open surgery to repair or reposition the joint. These interventions aim to correct structural dysfunctions of the TMJ and alleviate persistent symptoms that do not respond to non-invasive treatments. These options are considered after thorough evaluation and precise diagnosis.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to TMJ disorder, do not hesitate to consult our team at the Alain Cyr Dental Health and Implantology Clinic. We are here to listen to you, reassure you, and offer solutions tailored to your needs. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.

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