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What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. TMJ is a very important joint that is often forgotten about. Many problems can arise from having issues with the TMJ. TMD, Temporomandibular joint disorder, is a term used to describe these problems.We often remember to take care of our teeth by having them cleaned and checked regularly but often forget the health of our TMJ. Just like any other joint in the body, it is important to take care of the TMJ. Having an unhealthy TMJ can cause many issues such as pain and difficulties with eating and everyday life.

Causes of TMD
Some common causes of TMD are as follows:
– multiple missing teeth – having an even occlusion is a key to protecting not only every tooth in your mouth, but also the joint. Having missing teeth means there will be asymmetry and uneven load in your mouth and can hence cause problems in both or either joints
– grinding at night or during the day
– snoring
– stress – causing tightening of all your muscles
– injuries – injuries can be a common cause, some people may receive injuries from playing sports but never realize that an underlying injury to the TMJ has occurred. Whiplash can also cause disruption to the joint.
Signs of TMD

Common signs of TMD include:

– constant headaches throughout the day

– waking up with headaches

– clicking of the joint or any other noises, such as popping

– jaws getting ”stuck” or ”locked” when you open

– pain radiating through side of face and around temple region

– Muscle pain around the jaw

– muscle pain around your neck and shoulders

– difficulty in opening your mouth wide – usually experiencing too much pain

It is important to have any joint issues taken care of. Most of the time it is usually a multi-disciplinary approach to treating TMD. You may be required to see other health professionals such as chiropractors or physiotherapists. If you believe you suffer from TMD or would like to know your options, please contact us 3284 4281 or click here to book online  for a consultation.