The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is what connects your jawbone to your skull, and acts as a hinge. You have one of these joints on each side of the head near the ear. These joints play a vital role in allowing us to eat, speak, and make facial expressions. However, when one experiences TMJ disorders, also known as a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), this can cause great pain in the head, neck, and jaw. TMJ disorders may also cause your jaw to pop while chewing your food.
Other symptoms include:
There are several possible treatment options that can relieve the pain. However, it all depends on the severity of each individual’s condition. Determining the right treatment for you will require a thorough diagnosis by fully examining and evaluating the problem.
If you are experiencing the symptoms highlighted above, please contact Whitby Smile Centre for more information.