TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. It is commonly known as the jaw joint. It’s the most complex joint in the human body. If it isn’t functioning properly, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. This is due to its proximity to a number of large facial nerves.
TMJ pain can manifest as severe headaches, which gets misdiagnosed as migraines. It can also cause facial, neck and shoulder pain, and sometimes even affect the ears. If you are suffering any of these additional pains, or are not responding to migraine treatments, it is worth getting a second opinion from your dentist.
TMJ dysfunction can happen for many reasons. Some people experience jaw damage in an accident. Others suffer from bruxism. A condition that causes them to grind their teeth and place stress on their jaw. Jaw damage can also occur due to misaligned teeth or a misaligned bite due to old dental work. Many people experience pain because of a combination of factors. For example, a poor bite can cause unconscious tooth grinding, which leads to TMJ pain.
Cosmetic dentists trained in neuromuscular dentistry can help. They understand the relationship between the joint, muscles and teeth. This allows them to diagnose and solve TMJ pain. Dr. Sturm, voted the best dentist in Toronto, treats patients with a mouth orthotic that diminishes headaches without medication.
Do you suffer from headaches and/or jaw pain? Contact Dr. Judy Sturm & Associates, Toronto cosmetic dentists, today!
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