Your temporomandibular joints, or the TMJ, play an important role in the function of your jaw. The TMJ connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull, and in conjunction with a series of ligaments and muscles, the TMJ helps you chew and speak. If you have any problems with your TMJ, it can have serious lasting impacts on your day-to-day life. That’s why any signs of TMJ pain is worth immediately investigating. Otherwise, you run the risk of having these issues for a long time.
Initial symptoms of the TMJ disorder often include a persistent, dull headache in front of your ears or near your temples. Another symptom could be clicking or popping when opening and closing your mouth.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can put incredible amounts of tension on your jaw muscles and ligaments. This can then cause inflammation in the joints, which can significantly increase your chances of developing the TMJ disorder. Other potential sources of the TMJ disorder could also include a past dislocation in one or both joints, arthritis or general inflammation issues.
Here at [practice_name], we often employ a two-step treatment strategy to dealing with TMJ disorder.
The first step of treatment involves lifestyle modification. This often includes 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 teeth grinding, our [practice_name] team might prescribe you a night guard. The night guard conforms comfortably to your mouth and protects your smile when you grind your teeth, which will help prevent tooth wear and tear.
It’s perfectly common to have questions and concerns about your TMJ treatment. If you have any, please don’t hesitate to call us today at [phone] so we can help you get your normal life back.