Are you constantly tired during the day? Do you wake up with headaches or any of the following symptoms?
- Headaches, neck aches or chronic migraines
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders
- Pain or tenderness around your ear when speaking
- Jaw gets stuck “open” or “close”
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
- Unable to open the mouth widely
- Earaches or hearing problems
TMJ is short for the TemporoMandibular Joint (jaw joint). TMD stands for TemporoMandibular Dysfunction. TMJ and TMD have been used synonymously to refer to a number of craniofacial problems and pains associated with the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of the face and connect the lower jaw to the skull. They are the most unique and complex joints in the entire body.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is the result of excessive chronic stress on the TMJ. Muscle imbalance or a misaligned bite often leads to excessive stress on the TMJ. But the exact cause can vary and may include grinding the teeth (bruxism) or clenching the jaw or previous orthodontic treatment.
Over time, the extra stress on the TMJ causes the ligaments in the region to become elongated. The jaw muscles then shorten or lengthen in response to the over-stretched ligaments, leading to noticeable TMD symptoms.
Diagnosis and treatment:
For sufferers of TMJ dysfunction, our primary concern is to relieve your pain. Firstly, we establish the jaw’s ideal position by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles.
Then, if necessary and link to the result of the new relaxed position we will decide with you about the second step of the treatment through treatments such as coronoplasty, orthodontics, prosthetics, etc… in order to maintain your jaw in the right position