TMJ - JAW JOINT DISORDERS
Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The oral surgeon is able to test, diagnose, and devise a comprehensive plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for Treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
Clenching or grinding of the teeth is particularly common and usually occurs at night, but can occur anytime. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth or lead to fractures which can cause more severe dental problems in the future.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the oral surgeon for an exact diagnosis.
What does treating TMJ involve
Since TMJ can be a result of several different issue, a thoroughl examine of the head, neck and jaws is necessary. This can include review of the patient's history, a detalied physical examination and appropriate x-rays in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. Rrelaxation techniques will often lessen the effects of stress. Mediical treatment can include muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medicatioins. Conservative office-based procedures can also be suggested.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.