TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is the only movable joint in your skull solely responsible for jaw movements. Dysfunction of this critical joint can cause various issues, including jaw pain, clicking or popping noises, headaches, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth.
We offer personalized TMJ treatment at Sharon Dental Group in Sharon, MA, to alleviate discomfort and improve oral health. From thorough evaluations and accurate diagnoses to detailed and comprehensive treatment plans, we strive to provide practical solutions tailored to your unique needs. Trust us to restore balance to your jaw, relieve pain, and help you regain a life free from TMJ-related limitations.
TMJ dysfunction is usually caused by a combination of factors, including jaw misalignment, muscle tension, and joint damage. Some common causes include bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, jaw injuries, stress, and poor posture.
Other contributing factors may include dental problems, such as a misaligned bite, and habits like gum chewing or nail biting. Certain medical conditions like connective tissue disorders can lead to TMJ dysfunction.
TMJ dysfunction can manifest in different ways, and the symptoms may vary from person to person. Here are some common symptoms-
Jaw pain is the most telling symptom of TMJ dysfunction. The pain may be localized to the jaw joint or radiate to the surrounding areas, including the face, neck, and shoulders.
You may notice clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you open or close your mouth.
TMJ dysfunction can lead to tightness or stiffness in the jaw muscles, making opening or closing your mouth painful or uncomfortable.
You may also experience a sudden uncomfortable feeling when attempting to bite down on hard or chewy foods.
Frequent headaches, including tension headaches and migraines, can be a symptom of TMJ dysfunction.
Some people also experience ear pain, a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears, or ringing in the ears due to TNJ dysfunction.
You should note that other health conditions may also cause these symptoms. It is best to visit Sharon Dental Group for an accurate diagnosis of TMJ issues and appropriate treatment.
Treatment options for TMJ disorders may vary depending on the severity of the case and the root cause. Some standard treatment approaches we employ include-
Dental treatments: Orthodontic adjustments, dental restorations, or bite adjustments can help in TMJ.
Oral appliances: Splints, mouthguards, or bite guards alleviate jaw tension and reposition the jaw, helping with TMJ pain.
Lifestyle modifications: Stress management techniques, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and practicing relaxation exercises.
Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, or corticosteroids can relieve pain.
Physical therapy: Stretching exercises, jaw exercises, and manual therapy techniques can also help.
Invasive procedures: Surgery may be recommended for severe TMJ disorders in rare cases.
Our TMJ specialist near you can determine the most appropriate treatment plan during your consultation.
Please book an appointment at Sharon Dental Group for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of your TMJ issue today!
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