TMJ/TMD Treatment – Eliminating Unnecessary Jaw Pain
Have you noticed any unusual facial pain or tenderness in your jaw lately? Does your jaw pop, lock up, or crackle when you chew, talk, or yawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ or TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders are actually quite common. There are over 3 million reported cases in the United States every year. TMJ pain is normally felt when you open your mouth widely or after eating something that requires a lot of chewing. Because of these obvious symptoms, most people self-diagnose when it comes to a TMJ disorder and decide to seek treatment to relieve the pain.
What Causes TMJ?
Temporomandibular disorders are usually caused because your jaw joint and muscles are inflamed due to excessive jaw clenching or jaw movement. If you’re grinding or clenching your teeth throughout the day, or in your sleep, this could be the cause of your TMJ. Other common contributing factors include: stress, gum chewing and teeth grinding. The good news is there are many forms of TMJ treatment that can help relieve your jaw pain.
TMJ Treatment Options
Some options for treating your jaw pain are to take anti-inflammatories or prescription muscle relaxants, practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress, oral appliances; and in severe cases, open joint surgery. It’s important to seek out treatment for your TMJ because the longer it goes untreated the more damage it can cause to your upper and lower teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding muscle groups. For example, if you are grinding your teeth from side to side all night long, every night, your teeth can become worn down and damaged, without you even being conscious of it.
If you’d like to learn more about your TMJ or what treatment options are available for you, call us today for a consultation.