Temporomandibular joint disorders
Jaw pain, difficulty chewing or fully opening the mouth and an uneven bite are all possible signs of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Such problems arise when the joint in question, which acts as hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull, and the muscles that make it move are not in sync. Various treatments are available depending on the nature and severity of the dysfunction. Sometimes, the patient’s needs consist primarily in controlling pain and neutralizing muscle spasms using medication, which can be prescribed by your dentist. Other treatments include stress management techniques and physiotherapy. A biteplate can also be used to avoid teeth grinding, where necessary. In 60% of cases, a TMD is painless. Do not hesitate to contact us if you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from this disorder.