Can kids get TMJ?

 

family having funWisdom isn’t the only thing to come with age. As we grow older, we become more susceptible to joint tenderness and conditions such as TMJ. However, it is possible for children to experience symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. Our Los Angeles TMJ dentist is dedicated to relieving patients of TMJ related pain, and giving them the tools they need to live active, high quality lives.

TMJ is pain centralized in the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Those most likely affected by TMJ are people with Arthritis, high levels of stress, a misaligned jaw, or who have experienced physical trauma of the mouth.  It can be tricky to diagnose children with TMJ because they are not typically affected. If your child experiences frequent facial pain, migraine headaches, earaches without a present infection, locked jaw, or ringing in the ears, you should talk to our TMJ dentist. Children and teens experiencing high levels of stress may grind their teeth, which can irritate the temporomandibular joint. Our dentist may prescribe a mouth guard and splints to protect your child’s teeth and jawbone. However, there are a variety of other options available. Talk to our dentist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding TMJ treatment.

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Where to Get TMJ Help

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TMJ is a very serious and common disorder that is surprisingly not very well known or discussed. As many as ten million Americans suffer from TMJ today. However, most do not know who or where to turn to if they discover they are dealing with this issue.

If you are suffering from TMJ, it is important to see a dentist right away. While most will be able to address your condition, there are also dentist’s that specialize in this issue. You may even be able to find a directory online that can show you a list of TMJdentists in your area.

If your TMJ dentist determines that you do in fact suffer from TMJ, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may include medications such as over the counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants to relieve pain and tension in the jaw muscles. Your dentist may also recommend a bite guard to ease jaw tension. Stress relief and physical therapy are also highly recommended, to relax and then strengthen the jaw.

Our dentist will be sure to work with you in trial and error, to find the best solution for your specific needs. Schedule your appointment today.