Temporomandibular Joint Problem (TMJ) occurs when there is an increased amount of pressure placed on the tissues, muscles and structures surrounding the jaw. This can result from a number of factors, however the most common cause is due to one’s unconscious teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching habits in times of escalated stress or whilst sleep. This is known as bruxism. TMJ can lead to problems such as trouble chewing, increased pain in your jaw and joint area and teeth showing signs of wear and tear.
In order to treat TMJ, your dentist will recommend a suitable treatment solution which may include wearing a splint, introducing relaxation techniques or mediation into your routine, possible physical therapy exercises or restoration of damaged teeth.
Please contact your dentist for a consultation should you suspect that you may be suffering from any of the above symptoms