Temporomandibular Joint Problems (TMJ)
Myofacial (Muscle) Pain Dysfunction
Symptoms and Management
Stress caused by our hectic and demanding lifestyle affects all of us, often in different ways. It’s common at some point in our lives to experience jaw-TMJ related symptoms. This may be due to a traumatic incident, acute or chronic stress, an aberrant tooth grinding/or clenching habit, a congenital bite (occlusion) problem or an issue that developed subsequent to restorative dentistry. Irrespective of specific cause, TMJ symptoms should be treated at the earliest possible stage rather than allow this condition to become chronic. Management is always most effective when damage to the jaw joint and jaw musculature is caught early. Added benefits of early detection include more effective treatment, reduced treatment time, decreased cost along with a reduction in patient suffering. Should you experience a traumatic event (i.e. motor vehicle accident) or other form of physical trauma, please contact our office immediately. The extent of your injury will be fully diagnosed and thereafter, the most appropriate interceptive treatment embarked upon prior to your condition becoming chronic and more serious.
Why should I seek out treatment for a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) – myofacial pain?
Either as a direct result of trauma, the development of muscle spasms secondary to trauma or due to an aberrant habit, it is essential that your pain be managed at the earliest possible stage. From a humanistic standpoint, pain especially deep seated muscular or headache-type pain can impact on one’s quality of life. Once established, myofacial pain can continue long after the initial traumatic event or stress has abated.
Inflammation can develop as a direct result of a traumatic blow to the jaw joint or surrounding jaw musculature or secondarily, as a result of increased stress or chronic grinding. Inflammation has been shown to precipitate the development of arthritis in the jaw joint (TMJ). If left untreated, arthritic conditions can overtime become incapacitating. One’s ability to function (chew-eat) and enjoy a quality of life can be seriously affected.