TMJ is a blanket term for a number of painful problems and conditions that can cause dysfunction with the temporomandibular joint.
The temporomandibular joint is the joint connects your jaw to your skull. This joint is utilized when you talk, chew, and every time you open and close your mouth. TMJ disorder can be caused by a wide variety of things such as stress, bruxism, injury, misalignment in the jaw, arthritis, injury, and dislocation. Symptoms of TMJ can include popping and clicking when moving your mouth, tenderness in the face around the area, general facial pain, and difficulty with movement.
Treatment for TMJ involves a lot of different methods. For instance, for some people eating softer foods and using pain and heat packs may be enough. For many people, TMJ is related to stress, so developing stress management techniques is a great place to start. In other cases, jaw strengthening exercises, muscles relaxers, and night guards may do the trick. In some extreme and persistent cases, surgery may be necessary. To determine the best course of action for TMJ, we will analyze your jaw movements and may take X-rays.
The main benefit of TMJ treatment is pain relief. Because you use your temporomandibular joint so often in your daily life, pain is often a huge problem associated with the condition. TMJ is often caused by Bruxism, aka teeth grinding, which can lead to the cracking and wearing away of your teeth. Seeking proper TMJ treatment can also reduce the risk of developing any further dental damage. In serious cases of TMJ, you can sometimes develop issues such tinnitus, a chronic ringing noise in your inner ear, so it is important to treat your TMJ to protect your hearing and health of your ears. In addition, TMJ is also linked to a long list of other medical problems that can affect your entire body and prove detrimental to your overall health. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, come see us immediately.