TMJ Treatment An Overview
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a popular term used to describe a chronic bite related disorder that is often associated with the misalignment or defect in the jaw joint. Although there is not a textbook TMJ treatment, it is important that patients undergo a full evaluation if they are exhibiting signs of TMJ to help alleviate their symptoms. When left untreated, TMJ can cause extensive tooth damage and other serious symptoms.
Most patients experience a multitude of painful or uncomfortable symptoms but don’t realize where their symptoms stem from. Symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, and tooth damage are all signs of a bite related disorder. It is crucial that you undergo the necessary testing to receive the diagnose and TMJ treatment you need to mitigate your symptoms and improve your dental health.
What is TMJ?
TMJ typically refers to the temporomandibular joint; however, TMJ has become an all-encompassing term that is commonly used to describe dysfunction in the bite. TMJ can cause a variety of painful or uncomfortable symptoms in the mouth, jaw, and surrounding areas. Patients with TMJ often experience some form of malocclusion of the bite or crooked teeth. Teeth grinding or clenching may also cause trauma to the jaw joint and lead to other symptoms of TMJ.
What Are The Symptoms of TMJ?
Repeated stress or trauma to the TMJ can result in discomfort and a range of painful symptoms that may affect your quality of life. Ongoing stress to the jaw joints can also affect the way your teeth fit together. When the teeth are not properly aligned it can lead to discomfort in the jaw, neck, face, and teeth.
Common Symptoms of TMJ may include
- Reoccurring headaches
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Numbness in the face