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What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

Man holding jaw in pain | Toronto Lakeshore DentalIf you find yourself with a jaw that feels or even sounds a bit off, you might be wondering what causes the painful clicking and popping. Often called “TMJ,” jaw disorders refer to the dysfunction and pain caused in the temporomandibular joints. 

Here are some of the most common signs that may mean you need to seek bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ treatment at your Toronto, ON dentist.

  • Jaw pain and sore muscles
  • Swelling in the face, jaw or neck
  • Clicking, popping or locking jaw joints
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Short or worn down teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shoulder, neck or back pain
  • Boxy-looking jaw muscles
  • Fatigue and poor sleep

Typically, when addressed early, most people who grind their teeth or have jaw pain can resolve it without surgery, which is why we recommend that you contact us to arrange an appointment at the first sign of trouble.

Often, a protective nightguard will help the jaw relax and also protect opposing teeth from damaging one another through the force caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.

For bruxism treatment in Toronto, ON, give us a call, and we can help you enjoy pain-free smiles and a good night’s sleep.

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