Something wrong with your jaw?
Do you have a pain in your jaw that won’t go away? If your doctor has found nothing wrong, youcould have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When the jaw or your bite has lost its alignment it can cause pain in your TMJ.
Typically, TMJ jaw pain is noticeable all the time as an ache while at other times it only becomes obvious when you are eating and your jaw pain has to work hard. Smiling and yawning can affect your TMJ, too. These are activities which you would far rather do without experiencing pain.
What’s wrong with your TMJ?
Your TMJ is made up of an association of nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Normally, these should allow your mouth to open easily when you are speaking, yawning or eating. You do not expect to get any pain when engaging in these daily activities. When the pain is constant, it is called temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMD) and you will usually find some or all of these symptoms:
Popping, clicking or grating sounds when you are chewing or moving your mouth.
- Muscle spasms.
- Ear pain that affects the ear, cheek and temple areas.
- Hard opening the mouth.
- Headaches and migraines.
TMD is sometimes also due to:
- Grinding your clenching your teeth while asleep,
- A jaw injury from an accident or surgery
- Misaligning of the teeth.
Sorting out your TMJ problem can involve a dental solution
It is possible to minimise the effects of TMD by not chewing gum, massaging the jaw muscles or arranging a consultation with us to fit a custom made non-invasive mouth guard.
Mouth guards, which are made of plastic, can help to stop you grinding and clenching your teeth. You use it at night while asleep so that it has no impact on your daily life. We custom design them after using a mild electrical stimulation to relax your muscles so that we can see where the mouth guard should be placed.
If your teeth are poorly aligned because some of them are crooked, fixing this is possible through the use of orthodontic treatment, which can gently move your teeth into the most comfortable position.
Get relief from TMJ pain to give you back a normal life
TMJ pain can be evaluated at our dental clinic. If it is thought to be caused by a misalignment of the jaw or by bad bite, we have a number of treatment options which we can discuss with you. Making a decision to seek treatment is one step towards regaining a normal life.