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TMJ Relief & Restoration

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is at the base of the skull, allows us to chew, talk or yawn. The joint connects the lower jaw, and the temporal bone, located on the side of the skull. TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body and it allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. TMJ is a devastating condition and it’s a lifelong challenge for sufferers. Acute TMJ disorder is difficult to treat effectively.

Untreated temporomandibular joint dysfunction may become worse overtime and can cause jaw mobility problems. An estimated 10 million Americans are suffering from TMJ disorders. Most TMJ patients exhibit periodic disorder. Most women suffer from TMJ disorders than men. Sometimes TMJ symptoms may improve or disappear within a few weeks or months. For some TMJ patients, the condition becomes more severe causing chronic, persistent, and excruciating pain.


Symptoms

It is difficult to determine the exact cause of Temporomandibular Joint disorder. TMJ pain symptom occurs due to a variety of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Clenching the jaw, grinding the teeth or tightening the jaw muscles are symptoms of TMJ-induced bruxism pain. Headaches or migraines, neck ache or backache, and pain around the ear are also symptoms of TMJ. Many people habitually exhibiting these symptoms never develop TMJ disorders.

Treatment

The pain and discomfort from TMJ will be relieved on its own, in most cases. Noninvasive and simple methods which involve resting the jaw, taking pain relief medications, practicing stress relief techniques and behavior alignment can be effective in alleviating the disorder. TMJ dentist will provide a mouth guard to treat bruxism pain. TMJ disorders can occur due to degenerative conditions such as Arthritis when the joint's cartilage is damaged. Steroid injections are effectively used to reduce swelling, pain and other symptoms.

Avoiding chewing gum, eating soft foods, and avoiding clenching the jaw are some of the recommended self-care treatments to restrict the jaw movement. Gentle exercises and massaging the affected muscle may also help. A TMJ dentist can advise on the most appropriate exercises to follow, as well as making basic lifestyle changes that could ease TMJ disorder symptoms. Surgery

If conservative treatment has failed, surgery is the most effective treatment to provide relief for pain and restricted movement. However, treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw should be avoided. Surgery is required only in acute TMJ disorders which require jaw replacement.

Unlock the Superpowers of your Smile

At Smiles for life dental group, we provide the most comprehensive treatment for TMJ disorders. Our TMJ specialists can diagnose the TMJ symptoms and recommend the right treatment and therapies to relieve your pain quickly. We would like you to restore the superpowers of your smile and enjoy a fuller life!