TMJ, Its Symptoms and Treatments
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This joint is a very busy joint throughout the day, as it is used for talking, chewing, yawning, and other purposes. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, is what can occur if your joint is injured or damaged. Other causes include misalignment of teeth or the jaw, bruxism, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and continual gum chewing. Another cause may be the use of poorly fitting dentures, partial dentures, or fixed bridges. These can outlast their usefulness and can result in TMJ.
The following are some common signs of temporomandibular joint disorder:
• Pain in jaw joint
• Clicking in jaw
• Ear pain
• Popping sounds in ear
• Stiff or sore jaw muscles
• Pain in temple area
• Locking of the jaw
Fortunately, there are some treatments you can try at home to ease or even eliminate the pain caused by TMJ. Common ones include placing an ice pack on the area in question, lightly massaging or gently stretching the area, refraining from chewing gum, and reducing general stress. You can also choose to take over the counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease your pain.
If at home remedies fail to provide results, you can contact your dentist or a TMJ specialist. They have several different methods of treatments that can work for you. These include dental splints, Botox injections, prescriptions, physical therapy, and possibly surgery. Fortunately, most individuals suffering from TMJ receive a good prognosis, as there are many different ways to treat this disorder.
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