TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder causes millions of individuals' pain. This pain is usually experienced between the lower jawbone and the skull, where the temporomandibular joints are located. These joints are used frequently, when we talk, chew, yawn, and even swallow, and because they are used to often, restriction and pain is experienced more than one may think. There are many TMJ treatments that can help alleviate this pain and discomfort.
Probable Causes of TMD
When it comes to TMD more women encounter it than men, especially those between 20 and 40 years of age. Although the exact cause is not known, there are many doctors that believe the causes can be some of the following:
Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis in the temporomandibular joint.
Injury to the neck muscles from a head area hit or whiplash.
The joint becomes weak.
Grinding and clenching teeth that put too much force on the TMJ.
Too much stress where it causes on to tighten their facial and/or jaw muscles.
There are common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder which can include sensitivity in and around the face, neck and shoulders, jaw joint, and even the ear. This sensitivity can include pain as well. Some sufferers have restriction on how wide they're able to open their mouths. You may hear clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth. It's common to have headaches, toothaches, difficulty hearing or ringing in the ear, as well as, dizziness.
If a person is experiencing any of the symptoms related to TMJ, they should talk with a TMJ specialist's professional about your concerns. Together, the symptoms can be alleviating for a healthier, improved and happier you.
TMJ treatments can vary but their focus is to relieve the pain, the spasms, and the restricted movement that can be associated with TMD/TMJ. The first thing a specialist will do to determine which treatment would be best for you, is to complete a thorough examination and review your medical and dental history. Treatments can include at-home preventative measures and exercises.
Some of the treatments one can expect can include but may not be limited to the following treatments:
Low level laser therapy.
Wearing a guard or splint.
Correct dental issues.
There are some periodontists that also practice a revolutionary non-invasive treatment known as TruDenta that's been very successful at treating TMJ, headaches, including migraines without needles or drugs. A safe and effective treatment for improving temporomandibular joint sufferers overall symptoms, function and life.
It can cause lock-jaw, increased pain, and more severe headaches to ignore the warning signs of TMD/TMJ. Treatments are available to help improve your condition, overall health and lifestyle. The important thing is to get a diagnosis if you're experiencing any of the signs, so see one of the TMJ specialists for the right treatment for you.