Dealing with TMJ

Dealing with TMJTMJ disorders affect the jaw joints or the muscles controlling the joints. It can be characterized by symptoms as varied as headaches, sensitive teeth, neck and shoulder stiffness or pain, earaches, facial pain, dizziness, grinding teeth or bruxism, back pain, or numb or tingling fingers. Clicking, pain, or locking of the jaw joint are also common symptoms of TMJ.

TMJ disorders develop when the complex relationship between the joints, muscles, nerves, and teeth in your jaw becomes compromised or misaligned.

Home remedies for TMJ disorders can ease the pain and discomfort until a dental visit can be made. They include gentle massage to ease muscle spasms, over-the-counter pain relievers, avoiding bad habits such as clenching your teeth or resting the phone between jaw and shoulder, and practicing relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.

However, while home care can provide some symptom relief, it is important for those suffering from symptoms of TMJ disorders to seek professional help for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. X-rays may be taken to determine the extent of the problem, and the solution for mild cases of TMJ may be as simple as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warm compresses, gentle stretching, or a splint.

More involved cases of TMJ may require more extensive treatment. Orthodontic work or reconstructive dentistry may be advised. Chronic cases of TMJ may require surgery to reduce inflammation, reposition the disc, or even replace the joint.

If you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, please contact our Northridge dentist for your customized treatment plan based on your diagnosis.

Source: Cosmetic Dentist Northridge

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