WHEN JAW PAIN DEPRIVES YOU OF YOUR SMILE, DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT US!
Unsurprisingly, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used joints of the body. We enlist its help every time we eat, speak, open our mouths, etc. At Clinique MFML, we do everything possible to relieve your TMJ disorders and offer you effective and comfortable treatments. To have a consultation as soon as possible, simply fill out our form.
Pain and symptoms
The temporomandibular joint and its muscles are subject to various problems ranging from simple pains to mechanical blockages.
Joint and muscle pain
You may have a TMJ disorder if you feel pain directly at your temporomandibular joint, whether on one or both sides. This can also lead to headaches, nape and neck pain and a burning or stinging feeling in the face. Since the TMJ is located directly in front of the ear, many patients with TMJ disorders complain about ear symptoms.
TMJ disorders also come in the form of mechanical problems that can have important repercussions on your daily well-being. This can result in pain when you chew, tighten your teeth or yawn – any time when the joint is used – from cracking, reduced mouth opening or jaw blockage. These disorders can possibly cause a change in the way your teeth fit together. If you have one or more of these symptoms, consult a maxillofacial surgeon immediately.
Possible causes of TMJ disorders
There are multiple factors that can cause problems to your temporomandibular joint: from trauma to bruxism, osteoarthritis and joint malformations, these disorders can affect anyone. Stress and various parafunctional activities (habits that can cause overuse of the muscles surrounding the joint) may also be possible sources of your pain.
Treatments and procedures
When you visit Clinique MFML for a disorder associated with your temporomandibular joint, you are under the expert care of our clinical team. As a first step, we will conduct a complete medical assessment by performing a clinical examination and taking appropriate imaging. Whether it’s through a panoramic x-ray, a scan or a magnetic resonance imaging, we will be able to identify the problem related to your joint. Therefore, we can offer you the care you need to treat your condition, from medication to surgery.
Tips and prevention
Certain habits can be harmful to your joint and we suggest excluding them, or at least reducing their frequency. Following these few tips could improve or prevent temporomandibular joint disorders.
- Avoid chewing gum and biting your nails. When you are in pain, avoid hard, difficult-to-chew foods;
- Stress and poor posture put pressure on your entire body. Becoming aware of your posture and factors influencing your level of stress can be beneficial;
- When resting, it is recommended to keep a small space between your upper and lower teeth while keeping your lips closed to avoid overuse of your masticatory muscles.