Posts for tag: tmj

By Dental Designs
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   oral health   tmj   tmd   Dentist  

TMJIf you’ve had jaw pain for a while now you may have been hoping the problem was only temporarily and would eventually go away on its own. However, if the problem has continued without any relief then TMJ could be to blame. This condition usually affects people between the ages of 20 to 50, but can happen to anyone. If you have noticed pain or stiffness when chewing or you experience frequent headaches in the morning, then talk to your Winnipeg dentist about whether you might have TMJ.

What is TMJ?

This muscular disorder affects the temporomandibular joint, which links the jaw to the side of the head. This, in turn affects the chewing muscles, causing significant discomfort.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ presents with a variety of different symptoms and you may experience one or all of these. The most common symptom is pain while chewing or talking, and the pain may even radiate throughout your face or neck. You may also experience stiffness in the jaw muscle, limited jaw mobility or notice a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your jaw.

What causes TMJ?

Direct trauma to the jaw or the joint itself can cause TMJ; however, for most people with TMJ no specific cause is usually found. Women tend to have TMJ more often than men, so some researchers believe that TMJ disorders and female hormones could possibly be linked.

How does your Winnipeg dentist treat TMJ?

While certain over-the-counter pain medications may offer temporary relief from your symptoms, if you don’t notice a significant change in your pain talk to us about certain muscle relaxants or prescription pain medications that might help alleviate your TMJ symptoms.

We also offer a stabilization splint, which is a plastic oral appliance that goes over both the upper and lower teeth. This is the most common treatment option for TMJ and it is often the most effective in reducing pain.

Call Dental Designs Today!

If you need relief from your TMJ-related symptoms, then talk to your Winnipeg dentist today about treatment options that could help alleviate your pain. Call us today!

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By Dr. Dulat
September 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj   tmd  
DeterminingtheRealCauseofJawPainisKeytoEffectiveTreatment

You’ve suddenly noticed a significant amount of pain radiating from your jaw, so severe you can barely bring your teeth together.

First things first: with this level of pain you should see us as soon as possible. There are a number of possible causes, but only a thorough examination will give us the correct diagnosis and answers we need to develop a plan to treat the cause and alleviate the pain.

With that said, here are a few possible causes for that severe jaw pain.

Injured or diseased teeth. Although the pain you feel seems to come from the jaw in general, the true source may be an individual tooth that’s been traumatized or infected. Because of the interconnectivity of nerves throughout the oral structure, the pain could be radiating from the teeth to the jaws. By effectively treating the affected tooth, we may in turn reduce the jaw pain.

Trauma around the joint. If you’ve taken a physical blow to the area around the jaw joint, the resulting swelling in the joint space is keeping the head of the jaw joint (the “condyle”) from seating in the space properly. You may also notice the upper and lower teeth in the back of your jaw won’t touch. As the swelling from the injury subsides (aided by anti-inflammatory drugs that also reduce pain), the joint should eventually return to its normal position.

Jaw fracture. The most common jaw fracture occurs in the area just below the condyle. The pain is usually much more severe than you might experience with indirect trauma. Fractures are normally treated by repositioning the broken bone and immobilizing the area to allow healing.

Joint dislocation. The injury you’ve sustained may have actually moved the condyle out of the joint space. If this is the case careful manipulation may be needed to reseat the condyle back into place, along with anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling.

TMJ or TMD. Muscle spasms can cause significant pain with similar symptoms, including limiting jaw movement. Only an examination with x-rays (to determine if it’s a soft tissue or bone-related injury) can narrow down the possibilities to the true cause. The sooner we make that determination and begin treatment the better you’ll feel — and the less likely the injury will result in irreversible damage.

If you would like more information on the causes of jaw pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Jaw Pain — What’s the Cause.”