The joint between your lower jaw and your skull is called the temporomandibular joint or “TMJ” for short. Because the human jaw can exert an enormous amount of force when biting or chewing, it is not uncommon for the TMJ to become inflamed and painful. This condition is called TMJ disorder or simply TMJ.
TMJ is caused by any factor that puts stress on the muscles and tendons that connect your jaw to your skull. Common causes include chewing gum, biting your fingernails, clenching your teeth and bite alignment issues.
Treatments for TMJ focus on relieving the inflammation in the jaw and addressing the causes of the disorder. We can treat TMJ with anti-inflammatory medication, massage, bite correction, physiotherapy and stretches. Serious cases may require a referral to a physiotherapist or other specialist.