Do you have a jaw joint problem?

You may have a jaw joint problem if you experience one or more of these:

  • Pain when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you chew or open or close your mouth
  • Can’t open your mouth very wide
  • Your jaw gets “stuck” or “lock” either open or closed
  • You have difficulty chewing or have a sudden uncomfortable bite
  • You feel tired in the face
  • You have swelling on the side of the face
  • You have associated symptoms like toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitis)

Causes of jaw problems

There are many contributing factors to the development of these disorders including.

  • Asymmetrical chewing (i.e. avoiding a sore tooth)
  • Injuries or trauma to the jaw area
  • Surgical or dental work
  • Arthritis
  • Excessive stress – chewing, biting, yawning, sucking, and grinding
  • Jaw abnormalities, missing teeth, poor bite
  • Postural abnormalities
  • Prolonged mouth breathing

Treatment

Our physiotherapists provide a TMJ Management plan to treat these problems.