Have you ever heard of Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)? This condition is a mouthful to say, but has serious consequences for those who live with it daily. In support of TMJ Awareness Month, take a few moments to educate yourself about this condition as well as how you can find relief and treatment at East Erie Dental.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition that affects approximately ten million Americans, though many cases go undiagnosed. For those living with TMJ, the muscles and joints that control jaw movement are not working correctly. This dysfunction can lead to discomfort, popping of the jaw, or teeth grinding.
What are symptoms of TMJ?
Many people living with TMJ do not always recognize it or seek treatment from their dental care professional. If you notice any symptoms of TMJ, it is crucial that you talk to your dentist so that you can find a treatment plan that decreases discomfort or other unpleasant side effects.
Symptoms of TMJ can include:
- neck pain
- jaw or facial discomfort
- jaw popping
- tightening of the jaw
- grinding teeth
- changes in the way the upper and lower jaw, or teeth, meet
What is the treatment for TMJ?
The first step to treating TMJ is to diagnose it. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, be sure to talk to your dentist about it at your next check up. We can do further examination to determine if TMJ is the source of your problem.
Once we determine it is TMJ, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. From pain management techniques to making soft plastic appliance to wear while you sleep, your quality of life is our priority. We can also educate you on easy changes you can make to your daily routine that could bring you relief.
Are you ready to determine if your facial pain or jaw popping is from TMJ? Give us a call to set up your next appointment and begin your steps to relief.