The temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw are composed of a sophisticated ball and socket that functions in concert with muscles and ligaments, enabling you to open your mouth, chew food, and speak.
TMJ disorder is a broad term used to describe pain or other problems associated with these joints. Common TMJ disorder symptoms often involve a persistent dull ache in front of your ears or near your temples. It could also be related to pain when opening and closing your mouth, biting down hard or chewing.
If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, it will increase your chances of developing TMJ disorder. However, the problem could also be caused by a past dislocation in one or both joints, arthritis or general inflammation issues.
The standard treatment strategy that [practice_name] uses to treat TMJ disorder often calls for a two-step approach.
At first the treatment focuses on modifying basic lifestyle choices. This might include eating softer foods, taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medication and using heat packs to relax muscle tension.
If your TMJ disorder is directly attributed to grinding your teeth [practice_name] might recommend you be fitted for a custom night guard. The night guard conforms comfortably to your mouth and allows enough slip when grinding your teeth that it doesn’t lock up the muscles. It also helps protect the biting surface of your teeth.
If lifestyle modification or a snore guard doesn’t improve the problem [practice_name] might prescribe more advanced treatment options. This could involve anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers or rehabilitation exercises. If the problem persists, surgical intervention might be called for.
If you have questions or concerns about TMJ disorder, please call [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment.