Do you hear a popping or grating sound when you open your mouth? Are you suffering from pain when trying to open your mouth or move it from side to side? If so, you may have Tempromandibular Joint pain or Tempromandibular Dysfunction. Other common symptoms may include:
•Neck and/or shoulder pain
•Ear symptoms, including hearing loss, ringing, or pain
•Clenching/grinding your teeth during sleep
•A chronic feeling of tiredness
•Ongoing headaches at your temples or above your eyes
The symptoms described above may be symptoms of TMJ, but they may also be due to another condition. That is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis, so you can treat the problem accordingly. Dr. Turner will be happy to perform a comprehensive examination and recommend a treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and concerns. Should we determine the need to get other treatment partners involved—like chiropractors, cranio/mandibular specialists, physiotherapists or massage therapists—we can recommend potential treatment partners and can work together to relieve your symptoms.
At times, TMJ problems can be relieved with an appliance worn during the night while you sleep called a night guard. Night guards can relieve facial muscle pain and protect your teeth from clenching and grinding while sleeping. Dr. Turner can assess your situation and advise if this type of appliance would be benificial.