Most Successful TMJ Treatments

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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, is known to cause pain and discomfort in many different areas. While some patients are able to continue with their everyday lives with little problems, others find the disorder debilitating. Our TMJ doctor can create a treatment plan that will work for you, and eliminate any symptoms. The following are some of the most commonly successful TMJ treatments.

Stress relief

Stress can cause jaw clenching, which leads to inflammation in the jaw joints, a known trigger of TMJ. Patients often find their symptoms lessen when they avoid stressful situations and actively relax the jaw.

Stretches

Our TMJ doctor can recommend and demonstrate several stretches that will strengthen the jaw and minimize inflammation. These stretches can be done a few times a day, anywhere you are. You may also decide to attend physical therapy for extra help.

Pain relievers

As with most cases of pain, over-the-counter pain relievers prove to be successful in reducing the effects of the disorder. Our doctor can recommend a pain reliever that may work best for you.

If you believe you are suffering from TMJ, schedule an appointment with our office today.

Common TMJ Symptoms

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Experts are not entirely sure at the moment why TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, develops in patients. What we do know is that it often occurs after a physical accident in that area, or due to high levels of stress. It is important to keep an eye out for TMJ symptoms in order to be able to recognize TMJ in case it arises.

TMJ can be difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms can affect many areas and be hard to recognize. These symptoms include pain and/or discomfort in the:

• Jaw
• Face
• Head
• Ears
• Neck
• And shoulders

Other common symptoms are tinnitus (ringing in the ears), lock jaw, and difficultly chewing and speaking. Bruxism, or the habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth, is also common. Many combinations of these can look like several other disorders or illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your daily life, you should see our Thousand Oaks TMJ dentist as soon as possible. We can work with you to develop the best treatment to eliminate your symptoms and restore health. Many patients respond to stress relief, meditation, physical therapy, bite guards, and anti-inflammatory medications.

About TMJ Pain

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The most common and noticeable symptom of TMJ is pain. Pain can be caused by this condition for several reasons. The jaw bone may be grinding against another, inflammation can cause swelling and discomfort, or the nearby nerve can become irritated. This is largely due to the fact that the temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex in the entire body, as it is surrounded by ligaments, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. It is important to be able to identify the types of pain TMJ causes, as well as other symptoms, in order to be able to identify the condition should it arise.

TMJ can cause pain in the:

• Side of the face
• Entire jaw
• Head
• Ears
• Neck
• Teeth
• And shoulders

It can also lead to lock jaw, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and difficulty chewing. Many patients with TMJ also suffer from bruxism, clenching and grinding the teeth, particularly at night, as a direct result. Our Los Angeles TMJ dentists can perform exams and x-rays to identify the source of your pain. Fortunately, there are several forms of treatment for TMJ. They include stress reduction, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and more. If you believe you are suffering from TMJ pain, schedule an appointment for an exam today.

Tips for Using Mouth Guards

0265.jpgAccording to the American Dental Association, approximately ninety-five percent of Americans deal with bruxism at one point in their lives. Bruxism is the habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth, typically occurring during sleep. Mouth guards are the first line of defense against bruxism, but can be distracting and cumbersome. The following are some tips from our dentists in Houston about how to make wearing mouth guards at night easier.

• Talk to our expert in mouth guards in Houston about using a thin material for your guard, such as Invisalign. This will mean less space is taken up in the mouth and there won’t be as much foreign material to get used to. After some time, you will get more accustomed to the device, and can move on to a thicker material.

• See if you can have both an upper and lower mouth guard made. This way you can try both and see which one is more comfortable for you, or switch off between the two as desired.

• Many individuals fall asleep in five minutes. Keeping this in mind, be sure to put on your guard just before you go to sleep so you won’t have as much time to think about it.

• Try it every night for thirty nights. After this amount of time, wearing it will likely become a habit. It is impossible to get used to anything when only doing it every once an while, so aim for consistency.

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Why Does TMJ Cause Pain?

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The most common and well-known symptom of TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain. Patients often report pain in the jaw joint itself, as well as the head, neck, face, shoulders, ears, and teeth. Because of the reach TMJ has, it can be hard for both patients and experts to identify the cause, but the disorder also typically comes with other symptoms, including jaw lock, and grinding or clicking when moving the mouth. However, these symptoms can also cause pain.

The cause of TMJ-related pain can be complicated to source, and experts are still unsure of what underlying factor causes the disorder in the first place. It is typically because the displacement of a damaged disk in the jaw joint puts pressure on the muscle on the side of the face that covers it, as well as the nerves in the area. When the nerves are affected, pain is always the result.

Fortunately, our TMJ dentist employs many different treatments to get rid of the pain, any other symptoms you may have, and possibly even eliminate the disorder all together. First-line treatments include lifestyle changes, such as reducing sources of stress and lightly stretching the jaw muscles. Many patients see results when using a splint or mouth guard. We will work with you to find the best treatment for your TMJ pain as soon as possible.

Symptoms Associated with TMJ

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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to dysfunction in the jaw joint. This complex joint can be damaged by arthritis, a direct blow, or other types of injuries or diseases. Your risk of TMJ is higher if you suffer from arthritis, have a history of jaw injury, grind your teeth, or suffer from certain types of connective tissue disorders.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

• Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint
• Radiating pain in the jaw
• An earache
• Aching or tenderness in the face
• Pain in the neck, back, or shoulders
• Difficulty or pain while chewing
• Clicking, grating, or grinding noises or sensations accompanied by pain when the joint is used
• Locking of the joint

Persistent pain or tenderness in the joint should be evaluated as soon as possible, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of TMJ. Proper treatment can relieve your symptoms and help maintain a full range of motion in your jaw. Most patients respond well to conservative therapies. You may also benefit from preventive strategies that address any underlying issues, such as bruxism or bite abnormalities. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in TMJ in Los Angeles.

What is the Cause of TMJ?

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There is no single cause of TMJ disorder. This painful condition can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from a jaw that locks into position to pain that affects the jaw joint, the face, and the ear or that radiates into the neck, shoulder, and back. If you have symptoms of TMJ problems, our Huntington Beach dentist will work with you to identify the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan to bring you relief.

The temporomandibular joint is a complex joint that both hinges and slides. The joints are protected with cartilage, and special shock-absorbing discs keep the movements smooth and comfortable. When any of these parts become damaged or injured, TMJ disorder can develop. Treatment will be needed to restore comfort and range of motion to your jaw.

Common causes of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Arthritis, which damages the joint’s cartilage
  • A direct blow or impact to the jaw, which can damage the joint or any of its components
  • Erosion of the disc
  • Misalignment of the disc

Orthodontic problems, bruxism, gum chewing, and age can increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in TMJ in Huntington Beach.