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TMJ/TMD Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull. You have one joint present on each side of your jaw. This joint is one of the most complex in the human body, and when it becomes inflamed, it can cause jaw joint pain to such a degree that chewing and communicating clearly become difficult. TMJ disorders, also referred to as temporomandibular disorders or TMDs, are due to a combination of various factors, such as genetics, arthritis in one or both joints, missing teeth, crooked teeth, nighttime clenching and grinding, or jaw trauma.

Symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ disorders vary from patient to patient, with the most common
being:

  • Headaches that mimic migraines.
  • Pain in one or both temporomandibular joints.
  • Aching pain in and around your ear.
  • Difficulty chewing.
  • Aching facial pain.
  • Inability to open or close your mouth completely.
  • Treatment

    In most cases, the pain associated with TMJ disorders are temporary and can be cured
    with self-managed care or non-surgical treatments. Pain relievers like Ibuprofen can
    help reduce swelling and using an oral appliance or night guard can prevent clenching
    and grinding. Surgery is a last resort after conservative measures have failed. Medical
    assistance is required if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, which
    makes opening or closing your jaw difficult. Your dentist at WND can discuss possible
    causes and treatments for your problem.

    Teeth Grinding


    Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth on a regular basis. Although this can be caused by stress and anxiety when you clench your teeth while you are awake (awake bruxism), it is not necessarily true when grinding your teeth while sleeping (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep related disorder that is more likely caused by missing teeth or sleep apnea. Most people are unaware of sleep bruxism until complications develop such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on teeth. Chronic teeth grinding may result in fracturing, loosening, and loss of teeth.


    Symptoms of bruxism may include:


  • Teeth grinding or clenching

  • Teeth that are fractured, flattened, chipped

  • Worn tooth enamel

  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity

  • Dull headache starting in the temples

  • Sleep disruption

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