Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD/TMJ, has a number of different symptoms as well as causes. Because of the uniqueness of each case, it’s important to visit a professional to get an accurate diagnosis and personalized solution. This disorder affects the hinge that connects the bones of the skull with the jaw. This is located in the front of each of your ears, and it allows you to move the jaw side to side, forward and backward, and up and down.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ/TMD:
- Popping, grating or clicking sounds within the jaw
- Discomfort or pain in the face, jaw or neck
- Pressure behind the eyes
- Swelling of the face, jaw or neck
- Dizziness, headaches or shoulder pain
- Jaw tenderness
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing changes/problems
- Lock jaw
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Changes in upper and lower teeth alignment
If you are diagnosed with TMJ/TMD, it means there is a problem with the hinge connecting your lower and upper jaw together. It can be difficult for your dentist to determine the cause of it, but it is also important to treat the problem accurately. Otherwise, your joint, that involves the use of a system of bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles, will continue to cause you uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms.
What Can Cause TMJ/TMD?
- Injuries, such as whiplash or an impact, could adversely affect the muscles of the neck and head, the jaw joint, or the jaw.
- Grinding your teeth can place too much pressure on the joint, leading to discomfort and pain.
- Arthritis within the jaw joint could damage cartilage and cause TMJ symptoms.
- Tightening or clenching your jaw and facial muscles, as well as clenching your teeth, could be part of a response to stress that could cause jaw problems.
How Can TMJ/TMD Be Treated?
- Applying heat or cold packs to your face
- Employing relaxation techniques
- Sticking with softer foods
- Avoiding excessive jaw movements
- Perform exercises designed to strengthen jaw muscles
- Wear a night mouth guard
- Take medications, such as anti-inflammatory meds, anti-anxiety prescriptions, muscle relaxants, or pain relievers
- Fix a bite that is uneven
- Undergo surgery if the jaw joint has not responded to other treatments
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At Johnson Family Dentistry, we are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles. We are conveniently located next to Publix Super Market in The Shoppes at Eastwood. Contact us Today at (407) 282-0002. Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions.