A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the temporomandibular joint. This joint is the connection between the jaw bone to the skull. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ muscles work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side. When these muscles become sore, our staff at Riverwalk Dental can provide you with relief.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include pain or tenderness in your jaw, aching pain in and around your ear, difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing, aching facial pain, and locking of the joint, making it difficult to open and close your mouth. You may also have toothaches, headaches, or ear aches. To treat the problem, you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist. He or she may suggest a night guard, or dental work depending on the case.
If you wake up with aching jaw pain, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.riverwalkdental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Riverwalk Dental located at Canada, Alberta, T1B 4Y2, Medicine Hat, 101-7 Strachan Bay, SE, 403-456-4994.