TMJ disorders affect the jaw joint and muscles that control the jaw. They can be challenging to diagnose and treat because of how complex this joint is.
For many people their TMJ (which stands for temporomandibular joint) begins to give them problems. These issues can be arthritis-related or issues with the muscles and tissue present in the area. If you are beginning to experience problems with your TMJ, be sure to contact us here at One Fine Smile right away so that we can begin helping you with treatment options.
What does TMJ stand for?
The temporomandibular joint is a joint located at the base of the skull and it connects the lower jaw and the temporal bone, which is on the side of the skull. The TMJ joint allows for the movement required for chewing and talking. The TMJ joint is a unique joint, in the sense that it moves up and down, and from side to side.
What are some causes related to TMJ Disorders?
Because the TMJ joint is a complex one that moves from side to side and up and down, there are many circumstances that can cause TMJ disorders. Some of the major causes of TMJ disorders include:
- There has been physical injury to the jaw
- There is arthritis present
- Grinding or clenching occurs during sleep
- There is an infection in the jaw
What are some symptoms of TMJ disorder?
There are quite a few major symptoms that are associated with TMJ disorder. If you have an issue with your TMJ and you have any of these issues, please call our office and we can schedule an appointment to set up an exam. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Pain- if you have pain that occurs when you move your jaw and it is localized in one area
- Sound– if you have a clicking or popping sound that occurs when you open your mouth. The clicking or popping sound can occur when you eat, talk, or yawn.
- Restriction of Movement- if you have trouble opening your mouth, or if you have limited range of motion in your jaw that causes you pain
What treatment options are there for TMJ Disorders?
Each patient will react differently to the varying treatment options available to TMJ problems. The treatment that works best for you is determined according to the severity of your pain and problems, as well as what other treatments you have already tried in the past. Some of the most common treatments for TMJ problems include:
- Pain medication and other pain relieving techniques
- Physical therapy
- Surgery (splints)
- Muscle relaxants
- Lifestyle changes
- Alternative medicine
If you feel that you are in need of TMJ treatment as well as routine joint therapy, contact us today!