Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ is it’s more commonly known, is a complex sliding hinge joint that connects your jaw to your skull on both sides.
Your TMJ is what enables you to move your jaw side to side and up and down so that you can talk, chew, yawn, etc. However, sometimes temporomandibular disorders or TMD, which are problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it, may occur.
There are a number of issues that can cause TMD. The most common cause is subconscious clenching or grinding of your teeth, which normally occurs while you sleep or are under a lot of stress.
Some other causes of TMD can include:
- Arthritis in the joint
- Jaw joint disc out of place
- Swelling inside the joint
- Poor posture muscle strain
- Joint inflammation or strain
Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking jaw joint
- Jaw stiffness
- Stuck jaw, open or closed
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Pain in cheeks and temples
Currently, 1 in 8 American adults are affected by TMD. And this number may be low due to undiagnosed cases. Luckily, it can be treated. Here at Family & Implant Dentistry of Stuart, our experienced dentists can recommend a conservative treatment plan based on your individual needs. We can help relieve TMD pain, reduce stiffness, and increase function. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.
- Small tube (cannula) incorporated into the jaw joint
- Arthroscope (camera) used to perform surgery to alleviate TMD
- Miniature needles inserted into the jaw joint
- Fluid improves jaw inflammation
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Corticosteroid or Botox injections relieves jaw inflammation
- Aids operational jaw issues
- Repairs the jaw joint
- Jaw exercises strengthen the jaw joint and muscles
- Mouth guard assists in TMD pain relief and jaw support
Pain relievers or anti-inflammatory may be prescribed for TMD relief. Please, consult with your doctor to discuss which method is right for you.