TMJ / TMD Treatment

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What Does TMD & TMJ Stand For?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint) that connects your lower jawbone to your skull. We are constantly using these joints during the day. Without them, we would not be able to speak or eat so effortlessly.

 

TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is the common pain and inflammation that affects these joints and can result in many excruciating physical and psychological issues.

Symptoms Include:

  • Jaw Pain
  • Restricted Jaw Movement
  • Clicking Sound with Movement
  • Difficulty Opening the Jaw (Chewing and Talking)
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Ear Aches
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

Dealing with a health problem that causes chronic pain can often extend symptoms well beyond the physical, resulting in behavioral and mental problems such as, depression and anxiety.

 

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, seeing a TMD dentist in Vancouver is really important. Once the doctor has seen you for a consultation, you’ll be given a breakdown of what’s going on and a treatment plan on how to best address your symptoms.

 

Causes

 

Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint what is the direct cause of TMD but it can often be related to orthopedic issues such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Sore Muscles
  • Strained Tendons and Ligaments
  • Disk Problems

 

If you have self diagnosed your symptoms and are not ready to see a specialist, it’s important for you to try and reduce the pain with some of these at home tips:

  • Consciously relax your face.
  • Throw out that pack of gum.
  • Make an effort to chew food evenly on each side of your mouth.
  • Sit up straight and try not to sit with your chin rested on your hand.
  • Apply ice and moist heat to the area to minimize pain and inflammation.