There are various causes of jaw joint problems. The most common are: erosion and clenching of teeth, tightening of the jaw muscles that press on the jaw joints, and damage to the joints following an accident or illness. Whatever the cause, the condition can lead to difficulties with chewing due to poor closure of the teeth, pain, “clicking”, scraping sounds when opening the mouth, or restricted ability to open the mouth. Jaw joint problems produce a whole range of symptoms. It is important to be aware of tightening, scraping or tooth erosion; head and neck pains; muscle pain and/or stiffness around the jaw muscle on rising in the morning; severe pain when clenching the teeth or at times of mental stress; “clicking” or scraping sounds when opening the mouth, with or without restricted ability to open the mouth; inability to bring the top and bottom teeth into contact when closing the mouth; changes in jaw closure over time; difficulty in chewing and grinding food; sensitivity, loss or breakage of teeth. It is also important to check whether there was any previous injury to the head and neck area or the jaws, and if there are similar or different problems with other joints (hands, feet etc.). Understanding the cause of the problem will help you to understand the solution.
Treatment: There are several treatment options. Dr. Schwartz-Arad will find the optimal treatment to improve the alignment and function of your jaws, using computer simulations to show you the expected outcome of surgery.