Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) refers to any dental condition that causes stress or damage to the jaw joint. Treatment is possible for TMJ, as is relief from your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, a wide variety of treatment options may be offered by your dentist.
TMJ treatment typically involves the reduction of inflammation to the jaw joint and attached muscles, as well as pain management and therapy to reduce flare-ups.
The jaw joint is responsible for your ability to open your mouth using a smooth up-and-down motion. TMJ disorders usually result from constant teeth grinding that precipitates a misaligned jaw or from overuse of the jaw and its muscles. Often, TMJ can affect your teeth, gums, and the overall bone structure of your mouth.
Generally, the symptoms of TMJ disorder include a clicking or popping sound in the jaw when you eat or speak. You may also experience headaches, toothaches and neck or shoulder pain.
There are many treatment options available, including:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Tricyclic antidepressants.
- Muscle relaxants.
- Counseling or patient education.
- Physical therapy.
- Bite guards.
Contact us today to learn which treatment options are best for you.