The temporomandibular joint is found on both sides of the lower jaw. This joint connects the jawbone to the skull at a socket, as the jaw muscles help in the functioning of mouth like a sliding hinge, opening and closing to letting different movements. People who suffer from TMJ disorder or temporomandibular disorder will experience the pain of the joint and surrounding muscles.
What are the symptoms of the temporomandibular disorder?
The symptoms that you might have the temporomandibular disorder:
- Popping, clicking or grinding sounds produced by the jaw
- Pain, discomfort, or limited movements of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw joint while at rest or chewing
- Stiff jaw muscles, or earaches
- Morning headaches may also result in TMD
- Change in bite, as the teeth may not be fitting together as they once did.
What are the ways to treat TMJ disorder?
A TMJ disorder has several treatment options available to eliminate pain, restore proper jaw function, and eliminate future disorders of the temporomandibular joint, such as:
Nightguard: The dentist creates a custom-fitting night guard, also called an occlusal splint or a bite guard, which can help in preventing the impacted and patterned movement of the teeth while asleep.
Medication:The temporary relief could be offered by over-the-counter pain medications from the symptoms caused by TMD, but they cannot prevent any harmful future movements of the jaw. Jaw exercise might also help when paired with other treatments.
Invisalign: Invisalign can treat a misaligned bite caused by TMD. The newly aligned jaws will typically help in functioning far better in their right positions.
Dental Work: Certain other dental procedures, like bonding or indirect restorations, can help in restoring normal function by adding or removing interferences from the teeth. Such treatments could be used in reshaping the teeth for a better overall.
At-Home Treatments: TMJ disorder symptoms can sometimes give relief with thermal therapies. Specific facial exercises, or limiting the movement of the jaw can help in controlling pain. It is better to prefer eating softer foods and refrain from chewing gum or fingernails.
Alternative Treatments:The other alternative TMD treatments include acupressure, chiropractic, acupuncture, or other herbal solutions.
Find out more about TMJ treatment as you visit our office. Call Boger Family Dental today at 408.286.3229 or request an appointment online.