Jaw joint disease is mostly seen in young and middle ages. This discomfort manifests itself with symptoms in the form of head, ear, jaw-face pain, tinnitus, noise from the jaw joint, limitation in opening the mouth, pain or slippage. Sometimes it continues for years without clinical symptoms, sometimes as a discomfort that makes people dread.
There are many reasons for the occurrence of jaw joint disease. You may be unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth, which can cause overload on your jaw joint and facial muscles. You may have a non-physiological tooth closure that can cause jaw joint discomfort, or you may have previously suffered from a trauma to the maxillofacial area.
There is no single type of treatment to correct the problems in your jaw joint. Harmony in the jaw-face area is achieved with various treatment methods such as reducing spasm in the maxillofacial muscles, ensuring an optimum closure or getting rid of excessive loads in the jaw joints. Occlusion fit (closure) incomplete filling, prosthesis and crown bridges should be reviewed. In order to balance your closing line and prevent excessive chewing pressures, a special apparatus, a night plate, should be made.
Is jaw joint discomfort a problem for you?
Since you cannot predict that headaches and tooth erosion may be related to your jaw joint, there may be jaw joint discomfort for a long time without realizing it. The jaw-facial muscles and the closing of your teeth affect the function of your jaw joint.
With the answers to the questions below, you can have information about your jaw joint ailment.
• Are you aware that you are clenching or grinding your teeth?
• Do you feel pain in the jaw-face muscles when you wake up in the morning?
• Do you have frequent head and neck pain?
• Does your pain increase when you clench your teeth?
• Do you bore your teeth more when you are stressed?
• Do you have tenderness or wear on your teeth?
Teeth and closure
• Do your teeth touch each other when you close your mouth?
• Do you have too many missing teeth?
• Do you feel that your bite has changed from time to time?
• Do you have difficulty chewing?
• Do you hear any sound from your jaw joints when you open your mouth?
• Do you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth, eating or yawning?
• Do you feel your jaw locking sometimes?
• Has there been any trauma to the head and neck area?
• Do you have a condition such as arthritis that also affects your other joints?
• Are you having trouble opening your mouth?