Have You Been Suffering From TMJ/ Jaw Problem, Headache, Earache? Then You Need To Know This.

TMJ or Jaw Problem Falls Under A Big Umbrella Term As TMD That Stands For Temporomandibular Disorders.

One diagnosis does not fit all. Workups and systematic management are necessary for treating jaw problems. Jaw problems need a multiple-step management technique starting from the right diagnosis to choosing the right treatment options. Your jaw pain may be related to one or more of the following structures.

Problem-related to jaw muscle

Problem-related to the Jaw Joint Disc

Problem-related to the Jaw Joint Bones

For a detailed evaluation of your TMJ problem contact us.

If your symptoms such as constant or intermittent jaw pain, jaw locking, clicking and popping, headache, earache are lasting more than 3 months it may be time to see a trained Specialist.

Temporomandibular Joint

The temporomandibular joint [jaw joint- TMJ] is a peculiar joint in the human body. The orofacial region is very complex and highly sensitive. Any disorders affecting the jaw may project as headache, earache, toothache, and of course jaw ache. These conditions need a precise evidence-based diagnosis to be effectively treated. While surgical management may be an option, not all jaw problems may be resolved by surgery. At our center, we will provide a thorough evidence-based assessment and personalized management for your jaw pain depending on your clinical presentation.

Jaw structure model
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
    • Jaw muscle pain [Myalgia]
    • Jaw joint arthritis [TMJ pain]
  • Clicking and locking of the jaw
  • Teeth grinding, bruxism
  • Reflex and/or habitual clenching
  • Sleep Bruxism

Jaw pain may present as headaches, earaches, sometimes as dental pain

Mouthguard- the right one

Mouthguards are also called oral splints or oral appliances. They are used as an adjunct in jaw pain management. However, using the right type of mouthguard is very important to obtain therapeutic benefits. The purpose and specification of the right mouthguard vary depending on your diagnosis. As mentioned above depending on the jaw area affected and the type of oral habits, the mouthguard design and type differ. Depending on the type of problem such as tooth grinding, habitual clenching, headaches, jaw joint pain, myalgia the design may vary. Some are meant for short-term use and some may be used long-term.

Custom-made mouthguards yield the best benefit in terms of comfort and tolerance. Over the counter, a mouthguard may be helpful in some situations. However, the self-prescription of mouthguards should be avoided. The mouthguard should be worn as per the guidance provided by your dentist who is trained in managing jaw conditions. Not using the right type or inappropriate use of mouthguard often result in damage to teeth or jaw in general.