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Understanding TMJ


Posted on 4/11/2022 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Understanding TMJThe temporomandibular joints, better termed TMJ, are joints found on your facial sides in front of the ears. These joints link your lower jawbone and the skull and are crucial in fostering activities such as chewing and speaking. When these joints have a dysfunction, you can feel pain and irritation that may cause discomfort. You can visit us at our practice if you feel pain in that area and have our dentist conduct a thorough check-up and provide you with the help you need.

Causes of TMJ disorder


When you experience injury to your jaw joints or nearby tissues, it may lead to the commencement of TMJ disorder. It can also result from bruxism, arthritis in the joints, improper bites, stress, and severe trauma. It can also be caused by the displacement of the disc from its usual alignment.

What are some of the symptoms?


There are various signs and symptoms of TMJ which include aching facial pain, pain around your ear, and pain in your jaw. You can also experience difficulty or pain when chewing food, locking of the joint, and acute pain in the joints. You should see your dentist immediately if the pain is persistent and you cannot open and close your jaw with ease.

How is TMJ disorder treated?


Following a successful diagnosis, treatment can vary from easy self-care practices and conventional management of the disorder. Your dentist can also opt for injections or open surgery depending on the severity of the disorder. These conservative treatment strategies include using cold packs on the affected joints, eating soft foods, medication to relieve pain, wearing a nightguard, and avoiding extreme jaw movements.If you need more information on TMJ disorder and its treatment, you can visit us at our practice and receive quality healthcare services for you and your loved ones.

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