Dealing with TMJ and Teeth Grinding in Abbotsford
The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the skull in front of your ear. People suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ often find chewing to be an ordeal and may experience popping or clicking sounds as they eat. Facial pain, neck pain, and frequent headaches are just some of the other symptoms associated with this condition. Any number of factors may contribute to TMJ including arthritis, physical trauma (a broken or dislocated jaw, whiplash, etc.), frequent teeth clenching, autoimmune disease, or an infection. For treatment of recurring pain or teeth grinding in Abbotsford, get in touch with our team.
Temporomandibular disorders refer to conditions of the chewing muscles and jaw joint.
Three Main Categories of TMJ Disorders
- Myofascial pain: Discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles.
- Arthritis: Inflammatory joint disorders that affect the TMJ joint.
- Internal derangement: Dislocated jaw, displaced disc or injury to the condyle
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
- Pain in the jaw joint when chewing
- Stiffness in the jaw muscle
- Painful popping or clicking in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
- Limited movement of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
Discuss Your Options with Our Dentist
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms described above, be advised there are a variety of options available. Dr. Soufi can assess the alignment of your bite and determine the next steps for treatment. The solution may be as simple as changing your diet or wearing an occlusal splint (a mouth guard) while you sleep.