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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) complications are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had signs like TMJ pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be happy to know that these problems are more simply diagnosed. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together perfectly. For some types of TMJ problems can drive to more serious conditions, early exposure and TMJ treatment are important.

Trouble with Your Jaw?

TMJ disorders happen for many reasons. You might hold or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. You have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can hurt the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the plate, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the problem, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking, or grinding noise when you open your mouth or difficulty opening your mouth wide.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

  • Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
  • Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
  • Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaws?
  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
  • Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
  • Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

The more times you answered “yes”, the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ pain will also help you understand how they are treated.

TMJ Treatment

There are different TMJ pain treatment options available. Most of these are non-surgical. Therefore, our jaw specialists are not typically involved in the primary diagnosis of your temporomandibular disorder. Instead, they are consulted when TMJ experts feel that surgical intervention may be warranted.

The primary goals or your TMJ specialist are to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is normally accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be vaccinated directly into the joints to lower the pain and swelling. Self-care TMJ treatments will be very effective, It includes:

  • Resting your jaw
  • Applying ice and heat
  • Eating soft foods
  • Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
  • Exercising your jaw
  • Practicing good posture

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