TMJ disorders impact millions of Americans every year. This condition results in pain and limited range of motion in the jaw. Thankfully, treatments are available to patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge, and it connects your jawbone to your skull. Your TMJ joint allows you to chew and speak comfortably. This joint is also one of the most intricate joints in the human body, which can complicate treatment for TMJ disorders.
TMJ disorders impact the TMJ joint specifically, and symptoms can vary. But these disorders typically cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Restricted range of motion in the jaw, along with pain around the jaw, will often lead doctors to diagnose patients with a TMJ disorder. Headaches, migraines, and clicking or grinding noises while opening and closing the mouth are other common symptoms of TMJ disorders.
TMJ disorders can be caused by a range of factors, including:
- Occlusal disharmony (this is the leading cause of TMJ problems)
- Trauma or injury
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Autoimmune disease
- Dental procedures
How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?
To treat TMJ disorders, the cause must first be identified. We’ve been helping people with jaw joint pain for many years and have the experience needed to pinpoint the cause of a TMJ disorder.
We find that to avoid TMJ problems, it’s essential to develop proper harmony between the upper and lower teeth. This is the goal of treatment for TMJ disorders, which may include rest and home remedies, the use of a mouth guard, steroid injections, over-the-counter medications, and, in severe cases, surgery.
If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw or other common symptoms of TMJ problems, contact us today to start a treatment plan.