Having issues chewing or experiencing tooth pain? Do your joints crackle or feel more tender than usual? Are you experiencing frequent joint locking, headaches, or muscle spasms? You may be suffering from issues related to the TMJ. There are a variety of treatments for issues related to the TMJ. Common treatments may include different medications, physical therapy, bite guards, and self-care. Certain relaxation techniques can help patients better manage stress to lessen joint strain. A splint can be utilized to stabilize and protect the injured joint. Artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth, known as prosthodontics, may also be beneficial.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, which is also referred to as TMJ, TMJ syndrome, or TMD, is characterized by pain and issues with movement of the jaw joint as well as the surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joint acts as a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to your skull. Dysfunction related to the TMJ can lead to jaw pain, discomfort, difficulty chewing, and the jaw clicking and locking. Pain is often felt in the jaw, mouth, ear, or face and can be chronic. Though TMJ issues are generally self-diagnosable, we highly suggest seeking medical attention in order to receive the proper care before symptoms worsen.
TMJ pain can lead to a variety of different issues. TMJ pain can happen as a result of arthritis, joint erosion, regular clenching or grinding of the teeth, or structural problems with the jaw that are present at birth. TMJ may also be impacted by a patient having poor posture that causes strain to the neck and face muscles, poor diet, long periods of stress, or a lack of sleep. In order to determine how to proceed, your dentist may feel your jaw and listen to the sounds it makes when you open and close your mouth. They may also observe your jaw’s range of motion or press on areas that were previously identified as being painful or uncomfortable.