It is characterized by tenderness in the jaw joint and near the ear, pain when chewing and yawning, or even a locking and clicking jaw. TMJ syndrome can seem to strike suddenly, but when it does you want relief fast.
Technically, TMJ syndrome is called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMJ specifically refers to pain in the jaw joints. Put your fingers in front of your left and right ears — that’s where the joints are located.
There is no one cause of TMJ. Common reasons include:
- Arthritis in the jaw joint
- Trauma to the jaw as a result of injury
- Frequent grinding and clenching of teeth
- Chronic stress
- The disc between the jaw joint and its socket slipping out of place
In a very small number of cases (less than 5% approximately), problems arise because of a person’s bite or occlusion. Sometimes, orthodontics or braces, or just teeth growing naturally into a sub-optimal position, can be the cause.
TMJ problems tend to affect more women than men. Young and middle-aged adults receive a TMJ diagnosis more often than older adults or teenagers.
Fortunately, Gateshead Dental offers TMJ treatment to help relieve pain and symptoms.
Our TMJ Treatment Commitment
Symptoms: Headaches, ear pain and jaw pain, tension in the back of the neck, tension in the shoulders, pain in the eyes or face, jaw pain or tenderness, clicking/popping of the jaw, limited movement in the jaw, tooth sensitivity, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Diagnosis: Dr. Rocci is a leader in TMJ treatment. He will ask you about your symptoms and examine your tooth alignment to determine the cause of your discomfort or inflammation. TMJ symptoms can be confused with something as simple as a cavity, or as complex as a head or neck problem. Once it is diagnosed, a TMJ treatment plan will be developed.
Treatment: Our cutting-edge technology helps ease TMJ pain. Appliance therapy consists of using a splint to alleviate pressure. This takes away the force that causes the pain and inflammation. If teeth are misaligned it can cause clenching and tension leading to TMJ symptoms. Dr. Rocci will perform Tooth Adjustment Therapy to regain the proper balance.