TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint which is located right in front of each ear. It is the complex joint that is formed where the skull (temporo) meets the lower jaw (mandibular). In this joint between the skull and jaw bones, there is a disc which is made of cartilage. This disc acts like a shock absorber for the tension that occurs in the joint.
When someone has had some sort of physical trauma in or around the jaw or head, or they have a misaligned jaw and bite, or they clench their teeth a lot, then muscles, nerves and ligaments in the TMJ area become strained or even torn.
A common result of this tissue damage is that the disc between the skull and jaw is pulled forward.
Pain is felt when pressure is put on nerves in the area by the bones which are normally riding on the protective disc.
When there is a disorder of the TMJ Toronto residents with this problem mostly notice it continues to get worse over time. It is a fundamental structural problem that needs to be corrected in order to find long term TMJ relief. As the problem gets worse pain can also be felt in other areas of the head, face, neck and body in addition to just the jaw area itself.
When the sounds in the jaw are lessening this means that the disc between the skull and jaw is actually wearing down. This is a clear sign that the damage is becoming very serious.
As with most cases of deteriorating health, the worse a situation gets, the more difficult (or longer) it can be to treat.
If you have any issues you believe might be TMJ symptoms, it is wise to seek help from a practitioner in the field on Neuromuscular Dentistry as early as possible.
Your Next Steps:
2. Call TMJ Toronto dentist Dr. Goodfellow at 1-877-564-9763. He is more than comfortable in performing a complete TMJ assessment and diagnosis as well as providing dental TMJ treatment. The initial assessment is easy, painless, and only takes 15 minutes.