FAQs about TMJ Disorder

Learn more about this common condition that causes jaw pain and discomfort.

Are you dealing with jaw pain? Do you find that your jaw is stiff or clicks when you open it wide? Then you could be dealing with TMJ disorder. Find out more about this condition and when you should see your Ontario dentist Dr. Brock Rondeau for treatment.TMJ

Q. What is TMJ/TMD?

A. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint or the jaw joint but the term TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is most often used to describe painful conditions that affect the jaw muscles and joints, as well as the face.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. Jaw pain and stiffness tend to be the two most common symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. You may also hear a popping or clicking noise when opening your jaw wide. Other symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth clenching
  • Neck pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Worn down teeth

Q. What causes this condition?

A. While it’s not always certain what could be causing your TMJ disorder here are some of the most common reasons:

  • A bad bite or bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Traumatic jaw injury (e.g. car accident; sports injury)
  • Poor spinal alignments
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Emotional/psychological stress

There are so many things that can cause a TMJ disorder and your general dentist in Ontario, CA may be able to give you some insight into why you are dealing with this condition.

Q. How is it treated?

A. Any dentist’s goal is to try and eliminate your pain right away. If we discover that your disorder is caused by a bad bite we will determine whether a dental appliance could be worn that could reposition your bite and reduce your symptoms.

Over-the-counter pain medications and sometimes prescription medications can help reduce pain and soreness. Other lifestyle changes such as stress management may also be recommended.

Rondeau Seminars ensures that Ontario dentists get the continuing education they need to provide you with the proper care patients deserve, so you can enjoy a life that is free of TMJ-related pain. If you are interested in learning more about dental courses at Rondeau Seminars or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rondeau regarding your TMJ problems call us today!