TMJ & sleep disorders

The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the lower jaw, known as the mandible, to the temporal bone of the skull, which is situated in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible and they allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling you to talk, chew and yawn.

Issues with the TMJ can cause a wide range of problems. So if you are experiencing regular headaches, jaw pain, ear problems, face or neck pain, clicking or locking jaw or difficulties opening and closing your mouth you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are quite complex and often overlooked as a cause of some of the aforementioned symptoms. One of the more common TMDs is bruxism, or grinding of the teeth.

We can help diagnose and treat various TMDs. Some of the more common treatments for TMDs are pain and anti-inflammatory medication, oral appliances such as splints, massage and exercise of the TMJ and the surrounding muscles, Botox injections to relax the chewing muscles or surgery.

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