TMJ Disorders Treatment
Are you experiencing pain in your jaw joints and have a difficult time opening and closing your mouth? You might be having a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. To be certain, consult with our dentists so that proper treatment can be applied. Here at Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care, we provide treatment for jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder. Read on to find out more.
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What is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. You will find these joints in front of each ear. These joints and the muscles surrounding it make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. It also makes chewing, speaking, and swallowing possible. When your lower jaw or mandible moves forward, backward, and side to side, it is the TMJ that makes it possible.
A TMJ disc lies between the ball and the socket. The function of the disc is to cushion the load and it also enables a wide opening, rotating, or gliding of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in your body because it can move in many directions. If there is a problem that prevents the temporomandibular joint from working properly, then it results in a TMJ disorder which is a painful kind of disorder
What causes TMJ disorder?
The real causes of TMJ disorder are still unclear to most medical professionals. A lot of factors can contribute to the tightness in the jaw muscles and the dysfunction that characterizes this condition. Here are some of the possible causes of TMJ disorder.
*teeth or jaw injury
*teeth or jaw misalignment
*teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching
*arthritis or other inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system
*excessive gum chewing
*Stress or anxiety
*Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint
*Partial or full dentures that are not the right fit
*certain habits such as biting fingernails, pens or pencils
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?
The main symptom of TMJ disorder is jaw pain. It may also involve pain in the face, eyes, forehead, ear, or neck. Here are other symptoms and signs of TMJ disorder
*jaw joint pain or tenderness
*clicking and popping of the jaw
*popping and ringing sounds in the ear
*headaches including migraines
*jaw which is stiff or sore or neck muscles
*locking of the jaw joint
*pain that feels like a toothache
*muscle spasm in the jaw
*pain in your face, mouth, and cheeks
*pain at the base of the tongue
*pain, swelling, or a lump in the temple area
*dizziness or vertigo
The cause of your TMJ disorder can determine which or how many of these symptoms you have.
How is TMJ disorder diagnosed?
Before treatment, it is important to diagnose whether the symptoms are related to TMJ disorder. The reason for this is that many other conditions exhibit the same type of symptoms. Examples of conditions with these symptoms include tooth decay, arthritis, sinus problems, or gum disease. To determine what is causing your symptoms, the dentist needs to check your medical history and conduct a physical exam.
Your dentist will check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness. He will listen for pops, clicks, or grating sounds when you move them. He will make sure that your jaw is working properly and that it does not lock when you open or close your mouth. Then, he will also test your bite and check problems with your facial muscles.
A full-face x-ray needs to be taken by your dentist so that he can view your jaws, your temporomandibular joints, and teeth so that other problems can be ruled out. He may also take a cast of your teeth to see how your bit fits together. Sometimes, he may request for a specialized x-ray like an MRI or a CT scan so that he can find out if the temporomandibular joint disc is in the proper position as your jaw moves or to show details of the joint bone.
In the majority of cases, the patient’s description of the symptoms together with the physical examination conducted by the dentist made on the jaw and face will provide information that is very useful for diagnosing if TMJ disorder is present or not.
How is TMJ disorder treated?
Medical treatment for TMJ disorders includes medication, dental splints, dental work, and surgery, in severe cases Although these medical treatments will not necessarily cure TMJ disorder, it can help get your relief temporarily or even long term from the pain symptoms.
Your dentist may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen if you need them for pain and swelling. He can also suggest a muscle relaxant so that your jaw can be relaxed if you grind or clench your teeth. Anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed to help relieve stress. In low doses, they can also help reduce or control pain.
*Dental splints/occlusal splints/stabilization splints/bite guard
These plastic dental appliances are placed in the mouth so that it keeps the teeth in alignment and prevent tooth grinding. This is like a mouth guard that will keep your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth. This can help a lot inf taking the pressure off the jaw joints and muscles. This will allow the joints and muscles to relax and heal. A bite guard does not only alleviate TMJ disorder symptoms but it will also help to prevent wear on your teeth from grinding that can lead to other problems.
If your dentist suggests for you to use a splint, he will determine when you should wear it during the day or night. He will also determine how long you should wear your splint. Splints should not be worn for a long time since it can change your bite. You should stop using the splint if it causes or increases your pain. Contact your dentist when this happens.
If you have missing teeth, your dentist can replace them with crowns, bridges or braces so that the biting surface of your teeth will be balanced. This will help correct a bite problem.
In some cases, your dentist can adjust or reshape some of your teeth to fix an uneven bite.
Braces are also recommended. This can help realign your teeth and jaws so that your mouth can close in the proper position. In many cases, this can greatly help alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder.
*Surgery may be necessary in severe cases of TMJ disorder.
If you are worried that you may have symptoms that indicate a TMJ disorder, contact your dentist as soon as possible. Contacting your dentist will help get you relief from pain and discomfort as quickly as you can. At Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care, we provide treatment for the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Visit us today and get relief from your jaw pain. You can come to our clinic any time and we are also open on weekends and holidays.
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