So, What is TMJ Really?
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Temporomandibular disorder can cause a wide range of symptoms. Some last for a short time, while others may trouble patients for years. Women are more likely than men to suffer from TMD. It is most common in young adults between 20 and 40 years of age.Common symptoms include: a tender feeling in the jaw and nearby muscles in the neck and face; clicking in the joint; discomfort or pain when chewing; ringing in the ears; tooth or headache; and in certain cases the jaw may stick open or closed.
TMD can be caused by trauma or injury to the jaw, or surrounding muscle groups in the face, neck and shoulders. Direct impact, or sudden jerks, such as whiplash can contribute.Other causes may include grinding or clenching of the teeth due to habit, or stress, a dislocation of the soft cushion inside the joint or rheumatoid or osteoarthritis in the temporomandibular joint itself.
Treatments for TMJ
Our staff understands the importance of applying the right fix to the right problem. With TMD, the treatments can range from a simple night guard appliance, to protect the teeth and realign the jaw, to open jaw surgery. In most cases, dental work, medication for pain or stress, and other simple remedies can help to alleviate symptoms.We will work with you to locate the cause of your discomfort and apply the treatment indicated to alleviate the problem. Our goal is always to get our patients back to as normal a life as possible, as quickly and comfortably as possible. While issues with TMD can be stressful, they are not unmanageable and we will explore a full range of options to get you back to your normal self.