The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head near your ears. They work with the temporomandibular ligaments and muscles, as well as the jawbone, to enable you to open and close your mouth. These joints become active whenever you chew, speak, or swallow and also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and from side-to-side. When this complex system does not function normally, you may develop the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder.
Varying from mild to severe and sometimes occurring off and on or constantly, TMJ disorder symptoms may include:
Arthritis, dislocation, and injury can all cause TMJ symptoms. Other potential causes for TMJ disorder include:
Successful treatment requires an accurate diagnosis of the underlying reason for your symptoms, which requires a thorough physical examination. Your dentist may recommend X-rays or other diagnostic studies to help identify the reason for your TMJ symptoms. .
There are numerous treatments available for TMJ disorders and your dentist may choose one or all to treat the issue and resolve your pain.
A few things you can do at home to help relieve the discomfort include:
Your dentist may also recommend:
When misaligned teeth are responsible for your symptoms, your dentist may recommend adjusting an uneven bite by reshaping your teeth or aligning your bite with orthodontic treatment. The most appropriate therapy for TMJ disorder will likely include a combination of treatments.
The experts at Trident Dentistry have extensive experience in treating TMJ disorder. Take the first step in solving your TMJ issues today by scheduling an appointment through their online scheduling service.
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