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    Jaw pain is commonly known as TMJ – or temporomandibular joint pain. Your jaw is a complex joint that starts just in front of your tragus, or the little ‘nubbin’ we used to plug our ears when we didn’t want to hear what the other person had to say as children (or as adults!). Your mandible, or jaw bone, connects to your skull in a combination of two joints.

    Because of its location, TMJ pain can cause ear pain, headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty eating, and nausea and dizziness.

    Common signs of TMJ related pain include jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, difficulty chewing, clicking, or feelings of instability or tightness in your jaw.

    We are leaders in Toronto in managing temporomandibular joint disorder treatment. Through a combination of TMJ massage and treatments, our TMJ specialist will help to relieve your discomfort. Book your consultation now with the F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic.

    How Can We Help You?

    Treatments for Jaw pain

    • Reducing muscle spasms and jaw pain using lasers and shockwave therapies
    • Flattening scar tissue between joints and discs
    • Using lasers to spur blood supply and flow to tissues inside the TMJ joint, which are hard to reach with our TMJ specialist
    • Working with your dentist to apply appropriate night splints and jaw alignment tools to ensure ideal jaw bone orientation 
    • Strengthening jaw and neck musculature using Tru-Sculpt muscle-stimulating technologies 

    What causes jaw pain?

    1. Asymmetry between joint shapes on both sides: If the joint on each side of your head has a slightly different curvature of its convex and concave surfaces, your jaw will open at different rates on each side, placing stress on the sides of your head as you try to open your mouth. 
    2. The TMJ itself has a disc that limits friction between your skull and your mandible. If this disc takes too much wear and tear, it can be pushed forward or out of the joint, reducing its effect and increasing jaw pain when you open and close your mouth 
    3. The mandible bones, being required to both slide and rotate, can ‘take a beating’ over the years, resulting in osteoarthritis and/or strains or sprains of the muscles and ligaments attaching your mandible to the skull.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQ

    Occupational therapy targets daily functionality. Collaborating with physiotherapy, our specialists help regain practical life skills after injury. This synergistic approach ensures a seamless transition from physical recovery to reintegrating into daily routines with improved mobility and independence.

    TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) can cause various symptoms like pain, clicking, or difficulty moving the jaw. Braces can be helpful in managing these symptoms, especially in cases where they are caused by misalignment of the teeth or jaw. By correcting these misalignments, braces can lessen the stress on the TMJ and alleviate the associated symptoms. However, it’s important to understand that TMJ disorders can have several causes, and not all cases are related to alignment issues. Hence, braces may not be a solution for everyone with TMJ. It’s always best to consult with a dental or TMJ specialist to identify the root cause of the TMJ disorder and determine the most suitable treatment plan, which may include orthodontic treatment, physical therapy, or other interventions.

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