Temporomandibular Joint Disorder…..What???

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.  It’s not easy to say, and it is even harder to understand.  One thing is for sure, it is very real and treatable.

What exactly is this?

This disorder begins with a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull.  This joint allows you to move your mouth up and down and sided to side. When you have problems with these joints they can cause pain and in some cases extreme pain.

When a person experiences consistent pain in their jaw, it may be classified as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly  commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ.  It is difficult to determine the exact cause of the TMJ pain.  People who have experienced it tend to clinch or grind their teeth, also know as bruxism.  Some dentist believe that the disorder my arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or parts of the joint itself.

Do I Have it? What Are The Symptoms?

·        Pain or tenderness in jaw, neck or shoulders

·        Difficulty chewing

·        Swelling

·        Aching pain in or around your ear

·        Aching facial pain

·        Clicking, popping or grating sounds when open and close your mouth

 

These are only a few symptoms associated with TMJ

When Should I See A Sleep Dentist/Doctor?

You should see a doctor or sleep dentist if you have persistent pain, or if you cannot open or close your mouth completely.

Treatment

There are many treatments for TMJ.  There are home remedies, oral appliances and even surgery.  You should always consult your doctor before moving forward with any treatment plans.  There are minimally invasive ways to help with TMJ.  Custom oral appliances are one of the many ways that patients have found relief from TMJ. Consult with your Sleep Dentist or Doctor to explore all your options.

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