The temporomandibular joint, which is more commonly known as TMJ, is what connects your skull to the jawbone. This joint is used every time you speak and chew, so its proper functionality is crucial to a comfortable daily life.
A TMJ disorder is actually called a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. It’s chronic facial pain that’s the result of anything causing your joints, muscles, and bones from working together smoothly and efficiently. TMJ disorders can have numerous different causes, including teeth grinding, clenching, injury, and stress.
Symptoms for TMJ disorders are usually very noticeable. If they are not due to an injury, the discomfort can come gradually. If you feel like the symptoms are continuing, it’s best to get treated so we can take action and prevent the situation from worsening. Some common signs include:
In some minor cases, the discomfort you feel from a TMJ disorder can disappear without any sort of intervention, but sometimes treatment will be a necessity to stop the discomfort you could be feeling on a daily basis.
Medications can be used to treat any sort of pain, while physical therapy can be used to strengthen your muscles. Every person is different, so we take that into effect when deciding on a treatment for you. If nothing seems to work or you are experiencing extreme pain, surgery may be an option.
If you are experiencing symptoms for a TMJ disorder and are looking for a way to relieve the feeling of discomfort, Franklin A. Landers D.D.S. is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!