TMJ disorder and treatment
This describes problems with the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw. This can be caused by activities like teeth grinding or clenching, improper bite, abnormal movements between the ball and socket in the joint, arthritis or stress.
Some of us are unaware of clenching and grinding habits and take it for granted that this happens. Problems in the TMJ can cause jaw pain, toothache, headaches, earaches.
If you suspect that you have any of these issues, it is important for us to firstly diagnose if there is a problem with the jaw joint or muscles and manage it. This can include but is not limited to medications, warm or cold packs, jaw exercises and bite correction or even an appliance (bite splint) that is worn in the mouth when sleeping.