TMJ Disorders — What Makes Your Jaw Pop?

Are you suffering from unexpected jaw pain? Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? Is your pain like a bad earache? If you’re answering “yes,” you might be suffering from a TMJ Disorder.

What are TMJ Disorders?

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders are painful conditions related to the jaw joint and muscles. There are typically three main categories of TMJ Disorder:

● Discomfort and pain in the jaw joints
● Physical damage to the joint
Arthritis within the joint

What causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ Disorders — What Makes Your Jaw Pop?

TMJD can be caused by trauma to the jaw or the temporomandibular joint. TMJD appears to be more common in women than in men, and scientists are exploring a possible link between the disorder and hormones. It can also be caused (or made worse) by stress. If you clench or grind teeth at night, a custom-fit mouth guard can prevent the development of TMJD.

What are the symptoms?

TMJ Disorders — What Makes Your Jaw Pop?

● A burning, radiating pain around the joint (just behind and below your ear)
● Stiff jaw
● Difficulty opening mouth widely

More serious symptoms include loud sounds when opening or closing your mouth or changes in upper and lower jaw alignment.

How is it diagnosed?

TMJ Disorders — What Makes Your Jaw Pop?

There is no exact test for TMJD, but a professional dentist will examine your jaw, consult with you about pain and symptoms, and may recommend imaging to determine the degree of damage.

If you think you might have a problem with TJMD, call us at Ohana Dental Clinic at (905) 698-3440. We will diagnose and treat your jaw pain, and ca make a custom-fit, comfortable mouth guard to protect your teeth and jaws at night.

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