Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition that affects one or both of the jaw’s joints, leading to a variety of symptoms. You may have difficulty opening your mouth to chew food or talk, but in addition, the joints of the jaw might make clicking noises. It is possible to have daily or occasional pain in the jaw, face, shoulders or head from the problems that occur in the jaw’s joints. You may have more pain in the morning from TMJ, and this can indicate that you are grinding your teeth at night or clenching your jaw. Finding an effective TMJ treatment is essential for experiencing relief from pain.
Additional reasons for having this condition are having facial abnormalities with an unbalanced jaw, or alternatively, you may have numerous dental malocclusions. Fortunately, more dentists are offering effective TMJ treatment options to relieve your facial discomfort and to protect your teeth from damage. Using these treatments can make it easier to have a normal life, and you won’t experience pain that radiates through your face, causing intense headaches.
Have Your Jaw Movement Evaluated
First, you need an evaluation from our team to determine if you have problems with your facial bones or teeth, and if you do, then you will also need treatment for this condition. Today, in addition to collecting X-rays of your face and mouth, an expert can see what happens to your teeth and bones while you chew food or talk. Understanding how your mouth works while you are eating or talking can help an expert determine how to treat your condition. Anyone with TMJ can benefit from treatments for the condition to alleviate pain and to avoid additional damage to the jaw’s joints or teeth.
Types of TMJ Treatment
Our professionals can collect molds of your teeth to make a mouth guard or splints to wear over your teeth, especially at night. These devices are designed to protect the enamel on your teeth, but also, the cushioning dental appliances can protect your jaw’s joints from the irritation of clenching the jaw. Applications of ice packs or a heating pad on the sides of the face can reduce the pain in the jaws. Another popular TMJ treatment is simply taking pain medication.
For children, teenagers or adults with anxiety, learning relaxation techniques is imperative so that an individual won’t clench their jaw, leading to pain in the teeth and face. Some of the best relaxation tips include listening to soothing music before going to bed or exercising earlier in the day to release emotional tension. To learn if you are a candidate for TMJ treatment at Brevard Smiles, feel free to visit one of our locations in Rockledge or Indian Harbour Beach. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!