TMJ itself is not a condition, rather the acronym stands for temporomandibular joint. The term, however, is often used interchangeably with TMD – temporomandibular dysfunction or disorder. The temporomandibular joint is a group of muscles, ligaments, and bones that make up the hinges that allow your jaw to work. When something goes wrong within this mechanism, you may experience symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ treatment may involve a multi-faceted approach to relieving not only the symptoms, but the root cause itself.
What Causes TMD?
This uncomfortable condition may have a number of origins, including:
- Jaw injury
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Stress (causing clenching and grinding)
- Excessive gum chewing
- Jaw misalignment
Much rarer causes of TMJ syndrome include cancer, an infection in or around the jawbone, or congenital bone deformity.
Signs You May Need TMJ Treatment
This condition can cause several uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Head, jaw, neck, face, and/or ear pain
- Restriction in jaw movement
- Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw
- Tooth wear (as a result of grinding)
In some cases, TMD may even cause back pain.
Fortunately, treating the problem doesn’t typically require invasive therapies such as surgery. The first measure often tried is a custom-fitted oral appliance that you wear most of the time for a period of time prescribed by your dentist. This helps to realign the jaw, as well as protects your teeth from further damage caused by night grinding.
Other recommended TMJ treatments may include relaxation techniques to relieve stress, as well as pain medication to relieve symptoms in the interim while your dentist addresses the root of the problem.
Contact Us for TMJ Treatment in Carmichael
If you think you may be suffering from a disorder in your temporomandibular joint, call us today at 916-972-8851 for an appointment. Our caring staff at Redford Dental Care will help you determine an appropriate care plan.