Feeling pain in your jaw can be confusing, as it could have many causes. It is also an unpleasant and painful experience for you to have a locked jaw or a jaw that makes popping sounds whenever you close or open your mouth.
Speaking, chewing, laughing, or even yawning can be challenging when you have an issue with your jaw. If this describes your scenario, you might need TMJ/TMD treatment in Caledon, ON.
The term temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a mouthful for most people. However, the joint plays a very vital role. It is located on either side of your jaw or face and operates like a hinge, connecting your skull to your jaw. This joint allows you to move your jaw from side to side and up and down. In other words, the TMJ will allow you to talk, eat, yawn, and laugh.
If the muscles controlling this joint are out of whack, it can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). In most cases, you might hear people mistakenly refer to the condition as TMJ.
A myriad of factors can cause TMD. There are scenarios where the exact cause of the disorder may remain unknown. But, in most cases, TMD can come about as a result of:
In most scenarios, the symptoms of TMD can last for a couple of days and can go away without any treatment. Symptoms may last much longer, even up to several years for some people. Jaw pain is one of the most glaring symptoms that you may experience.
Here are the other symptoms related to TMJ:
At times you might hear the popping or clicking sound without having limited jaw movement or pain. If this describes your scenario, there is no need for you to seek TMJ disorder treatment.
When you are lucky, you may experience TMD symptoms only for a few days, and you will not need TMJ/TMD treatment in Caledon, ON. However, for those who cannot wait to get jaw pain relief,
our dentist may prescribe the following medications depending on the severity of your case:
Certain therapies can be used in tandem with medication to help alleviate pain, such as
If all the above strategies are ineffective, surgery may be your next best bet. Our dentist may opt to perform the following procedures:
TMD pain can be debilitating and can lower the quality of your life. If you are seeking jaw pain relief, contact us at Kennedy North Dentistry to schedule an appointment.