TMJ & TMD Treatment
Are you starting each day with a headache and/or jaw pain? If so, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ/TMD. This problem with the jaw joint affects over a third of the adult population. Most of the people suffering with TMJ/TMD are females.
Discomfort from TMJ/TMD primarily manifests as headache pain. When you experience pain which radiates from the jaw out to the head, neck and shoulders, it is often a symptom of this disorder. Clenching your teeth under stress and grinding your teeth at night are generally thought to be the main causes. Pressure caused by clenching and grinding adds stress to the jaw muscles and surrounding tissues. This causes them to become fatigued. The muscles become inflamed and pain ensues.
The severity of the disorder determines the treatment. In many cases, nothing needs to be done and the issue will resolve on its own. When over-the-counter pain remedies do not provide relief, it is time to see your dentist for general dentistry and get an accurate diagnosis of the problem.
Get an Accurate Diagnosis
When you cannot control the discomfort with OTC pain relievers, more aggressive intervention may be required. In some cases, special exercises may relieve the pain. There are oral appliances that can be used to help you stop grinding your teeth while sleeping. Your dentist will make a recommendation regarding the best treatment to address your condition.
Getting TMJ/TMD accurately diagnosed is important since there are other health issues that can also produce headaches and jaw pain. Osteoarthritis can affect the jaw when it is in motion. Trigeminal neuralgia is an extreme form of facial pain that can mimic TMJ/TMD; however, this condition actually originates from the nervous system and not the muscles around the jaw hinge.
TMJ/TMD can be treated and your discomfort can be alleviated. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in obtaining relief. Contact Blue Sky Dental Group today and make an appointment for a consultation. You do not have to live with the pain of TMJ/TMD.