Jaw pain, earaches, and difficulty chewing are just some symptoms of an acute temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ. Though this disorder can make the simplest tasks challenging and negatively impact your quality of life, fret not. TMJ is easily treated, so you’ll be back to normal in no time. Here’s what you need to know.
What is TMJ anyway?
Your temporomandibular joints are the hinges responsible for opening and closing your mouth. From chewing to talking, these joints help you do it all. The bones are covered by a small shock-absorbing disk made up of cartilage, which keeps the movement easy and fluid.
When the disk erodes or moves around, suffers a blow or arthritis sets in, the movement can be laboured and painful. You may be suffering from a TMJ disorder if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain or tenderness in or around your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Hope is not lost
Quicksplint is your new best friend! Designed by industry clinicians who specialize in treating orofacial pain and those who suffer from facial, head, neck and jaw pain, Quicksplint is a quick and easy way to a painless future. QuickSplint is an occlusal splint designed for short-term use as an anterior bite plane and night guard.
Your Quicksplint mouthguard can be ready in just five minutes; all your dentist needs to do is fill the mold, have you bite down, trim the excess and away you go! This may only be a short-term solution, but the relief is something to celebrate.
Got it bad? We can help
Your TMJ shouldn’t TM-stay. Jaw pain can be tricky to diagnose but our team of professionals can help relieve your pain and find the right solution for your unique situation. Whether you need a Quicksplint, minimally invasive surgery or something a little more serious, we’re with you every step of the way. Gives us a call at (613)-591-0834 or schedule your next visit today.