TMJ (TMD) Therapy Guelph

Temporomandibular disorder is when the joint that connects the jaw to the skull becomes inflamed, misaligned or painful. At the top of the jaw there is a protrusion that sits next to an indentation in the skull and below each bone there is a cartilage disc. This is the joint that allows you to yawn, speak, and chew. It necessitates the movement of the jaw in every direction.

Symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder could be:

  • Discomfort when opening mouth
  • Inability to open mouth or yawn
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Pain in the ears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Grinding of the teeth (Bruxism)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Noise when moving the joint
  • Headaches

Causes of temporomandibular joint disorder could be a bone fracture, teeth grinding and clenching. If the cartilage disc moves out of place, this is could be a cause for this disorder. This can be exacerbated if the upper and lower teeth are misaligned. Teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching are other conditions that can escalate the severity of this disorder. A rarer cause could be arthritis.

We can do the routine checks if you experience any discomfort in this area, right here at our practice in Guelph. Dental surgeon Dr. Diodati will examine your jaw and listen for any sounds that might indicate the presence of temporomandibular joint disorder. To detect the full extent of the conditions, dental X-rays may be required. MRI scans to see the true extent of the bones could also be utilized. Another procedure is an arthroscopy, where a small camera enters the joint.

If you feel any of the symptoms listed, then you should always contact your dentist in Guelph. Family dentist Grange Dental Health Care is here for you, so request an appointment today and we can detect and treat potential temporomandibular joint disorder.

Last Updated On 2021-10-19