If you suffer from a painful jaw, have difficulty swallowing, or feel a "popping" sensation when you open and close your mouth, you may be suffering from symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction disorder or TMJ disorder. The symptoms of TMJ disorder are caused by inflammation in the tissues where your lower jawbone joins your skull. TMJ disorder can be caused by injury such as whiplash, clenching teeth, arthritis, stress or other causes.
To determine if your symptoms are being caused by TMJ disorder and not another condition, we'll X-ray and examine your jaw and carefully review your dental and medical history.
Treatment for TMJ disorder usually consists of applying heat or cold to the joint, changing your diet, prescribing anti-inflammatory medication, stretching or massaging the joint and surrounding muscles, or relaxation therapy. More severe cases may require physiotherapy or surgery.