This procedure treats temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A TMJ disorder involves damage to the cartilage and/or muscle that connects the temporal bone to the mandible bone making talking, swallowing and chewing difficult and painful. It may occur on one or both sides of the face and can cause severe pain and discomfort which can be temporary or last many years. To help eliminate pains, discomforts and other side effects, our specialists at Sansaya prescribe the use of splints, night guards and bite equilibration techniques, amongst others. Women are more prone to TMJ disorders than men and they can be caused any manner of things, such as:
- A heavy blow to the head or whiplash
- Continuous grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Displacement of the cartilage between the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress which causes the tightening of facial and jaw muscles
The symptoms of TMJ disorders
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide.
- Difficulty in opening your mouth wide.
- Jaws that get stuck or temporarily lock in the open or closed position.
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
- A tired feeling in your face.
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly.
- Swelling on the side of your face.
- You may also experience toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, ear aches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).