Grinding & TMJ
Grinding and TMJ Treatment Wodonga
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is composed of muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones.
There are two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your jaw.
TMJ disorders are problems of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
Causes of TMJ Pain
The cause of pain in TMJ includes:
- The result of displacement of the cartilage disc that causes pressure and stretching of the associated sensory nerves
- A bad bite or orthodontic braces stress and tooth grinding
Symptoms for TMJ Disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may include:
- Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
- Clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Dull, aching pain in the face
- Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Frequently Asked Questions
About Grinding and TMJ Treatment Wodonga
What are TMJ disorders?
What causes TMJ disorders?
There are several factors that can contribute to a stressed-out, misaligned or tight TMJ. Causes can include a bad bite, teeth grinding/clenching, excessive gum chewing, jaw injury, arthritis and stress. Some patients experience a painful TMJ because they clench their jaw when running or exercising. Letting a dentist determine an accurate cause of your TMJ pain is essential for planning your treatment.
What treatments are available for TMJ disorders?
Treatments range from simple care practices and conservative treatments to injections and oral surgery.