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Markham Eglinton Dental Centre can ease TMJ pain

If you regularly wake up with an aching jaw and a migrane, you might be suffering from Temporomandibular joint disorder – often referred to as "TMJ syndrome.” It means your TMJ joint -- the joint which connects your jaw and your skull -- is inflamed, and it can cause severe pain.

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Common symptoms of TMJ syndrome:

  • Pain or difficulty while biting/chewing
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Neck or shoulder pain

People feel TMJ pain in varying degrees, and there are many potential causes.

Common causes of TMJ pain:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Malalignment of your teeth
  • Jaw thrusting
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Excessive nail-biting
  • A joint disease, such as osteoarthritis
  • Lack of overbite

There are different ways to end the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ syndrome. If your teeth are misaligned, dental work may be required to restore proper occlusion. The team at Markham Eglinton Dental Centre can have you fitted with a special guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged and keep your jaw from clenching while you sleep.

If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ syndrome, don’t delay in seeking help – contact Markham Eglinton Dental Centre today to learn more about treatment options.

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to TMJ questions

Q: How do I know if I have an inflamed temporomandibular joint?

A: Common symptoms of an inflamed temporomandibular joint include pain or difficulty while biting and chewing, a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw, headaches, migraines, and or neck or shoulder pain. If you are regularly experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to us today.

Q: I think I have TMJ syndrome. What did I do to cause this?

A: There are a variety of reasons for developing an inflamed temporomandibular joint, and many of the reasons can't be controlled. Focus instead on working with us to find a solution to end the pain.