What is TMJ Treatment?
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. The use that this joint gets is very significant when you think about all of the things that you do with your mouth in a day. Because of the use that this joint gets, many people start to develop discomfort due to the joint not functioning properly. This can cause headaches, tightness of the jaw and other issues as well. This leaves many people searching for TMJ treatment.
TMJ treatment is the process of training your TMJ joint to function correctly. This can involve developing new habits, customized mouth pieces and more. After analyzing the joint, the dentist can tell you what aspects are causing the disorder in the joint. Once you know some of the causes of the pain, you can start working on the solutions.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
The symptoms of TMJ disorder are fairly easy to identify. If you have TMJ issues you will likely identify it fairly easily because most symptoms manifest themselves through pain or popping. If you have TMJ disorder you may experience some or all of the following issues:
- Pain in and around the jaw joint
- Clicking and popping in the jaw
- Popping ears
- Ear pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Jaw muscle pain
- Pain around the temple
- Locking or sticking of the jaw joint
What should I do if I think I have TMJ disorder?
The safest thing to do if you think that you have TMJ disorder is to see a dentist. Your dentist can do an exam and let you know if things are working correctly. If they are not, your dentist can provide you with things to avoid, exercises and even devices that can help to correct the issue. If you have jaw discomfort or any of the other signs of TMJ disorder, call us today to schedule an exam with Dr. Drew. He can help you get a TMJ treatment that is customized for you.