TMJ Disorder Management
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Our temporomandibular joints are subject to TMJ disorder, which can affect one or both joints.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Problems can cause head and neck pain, facial pain, ear pain, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, biting problems, and jaw clicking or popping sounds when you bite. Women are more prone to develop TMJ disorders than men.
Muscles involved in chewing are also responsible for opening and closing the mouth. The jawbone, controlled by the TMJ, has two movements: hinge action, which is opening and closing of the mouth, and gliding action, allowing the mouth to open wider. The coordination of these actions allows you to talk, chew, and yawn.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders are as follows:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Pain in one or both TMJ
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Facial pain
- Locking of the jaw joint, making it hard to open or close your mouth
TMJ disorders can also cause a jaw clicking or grating feeling when opening the mouth or chewing. But if there’s no pain or restriction of movement related to your jaw clicking, you probably don’t need TMJ disorder treatment.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Jaw dislocation
- Facial injury
- Improper tooth and jaw alignment
- Stress and teeth grinding
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following:
Trying to get rid of muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat or taking medications, such as muscle relaxants, aspirin, other over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Wear a nightguard
This reduces the harmful effects of tooth clenching and grinding by wearing a nightguard or splint.
Learning relaxation techniques may help control muscle tension in the jaw. Your Leederville dentist may suggest you seek training or counselling to help eliminate stress.
TMJ Disorder Management at Dentists on Vincent
Is there a way to prevent TMJ disorders?
- If you tend to have occasional episodes of jaw pain, avoid chewing gum or biting on hard objects, like pens or fingernails. Avoid eating hard or chewy food. Support your lower jaw with your hand when yawning.
- Avoid large bites when eating.
- Massage your jaw, cheeks, and temple muscles regularly.
- Apply moist heat if you feel spasms.
- Maintain good sleeping posture with neck support.
- Avoid putting your phone between your shoulder and neck.
- See your Leederville dentist if you grind your teeth at night or often find yourself clenching your jaw.
Do TMJ disorders cause headaches?
Do TMJ disorders require surgery?
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