If you feel problems or pain when moving your jaw, such as when speaking or eating, you most likely have TMJ disorder or dysfunction. Our experienced doctor at Hansen Family Dental can help you understand the causes of your TMJ condition and work with you to treat the disorder and enhance your quality of life.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder develops when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) becomes misaligned. One of the major signs you may notice is severe jaw ache. Furthermore, TMJ issues can cause headaches, muscular spasms, neck pain, jaw pain, and even toothaches. While some diseases, such as arthritis or infections, might induce TMJ problems, they are relatively uncommon. The majority of TMJ disorders are caused by stress.
TMJ Symptoms and Signs
Tenderness and pain in the jaw
Chewing and eating difficulties
Pain similar to a toothache
Upper and lower jaw misalignment
Experiencing pain in and around your ear
Pain in the face
How Is TMJ Disorder Treated?
The treatment you receive will be determined by your symptoms, age, and overall health. Treatment options may include:
Medication or analgesics
Methods of relaxation and stress management
Changes in behavior
An orthotic device or mouthguard is used (to reduce teeth grinding)
Changes in diet, such as consuming soft foods (to rest the jaw muscles)
Benefits of TMJ Therapy
Reduce Your Chronic Discomfort
TMD causes more than just jaw pain. Chronic headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness, and upper back pain are additionally possible side effects. You may notice that with proper treatment, your entire body feels and works better.
Reduce the Chances of Dental Injury
Bruxism is one of the most common causes of TMD, and TMD can induce bruxism in a truly vicious cycle. Dental deterioration and damaged teeth can result from chronic grinding. When you treat one or both of these problems, you will protect your smile and dental functionality for many years.
Eating Will Be Delightful Once More
Another benefit that patients who have had TMJ therapy discover is that they may enjoy eating again. When their symptoms intensify, patients frequently begin to restrict their meal intake owing to mouth pain. This discomfort will set off a vicious cycle that will exacerbate their emotional tension while also harming their general health.
To find out more about the benefits of TMJ treatments, visit Hansen Family Dental at 6615 W Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 99301, or contact us at (509) 547-9951.