Temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ, can refer to a range of different issues with the temporomandibular joints. These problems are centered in the jaw area and can cause severe symptoms in patients. Dr. Seage and his team have expert training and significant experience in providing effective treatment for this uncomfortable condition.
TMJ symptoms often start with jaw pain. The pain may occur while eating, yawning or just opening the mouth. Many people suffering from TMJ have headaches, neck pain and even ear pain where the ear and the jaw meet. Some people notice a popping noise when the mouth is opened. Many TMJ sufferers have sensitive teeth, even though the teeth are healthy.
There is a range of causes of TMJ. People who have an improper bite, meaning that the teeth don’t fit together correctly, may be more likely to develop TMJ. Arthritis sufferers may develop TMJ as a symptom of their disease. It is even thought that stress can be one of the factors in the development of TMJ.
TMJ treatment is customized for the patient and the team at CONFIDENT will customize treatment to address each patient's unique needs. Typically, the dentist will begin with the most conservative approach and will continue different treatments until the ideal solution is found. Some patients experience relief with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen. Moist heat application can also be helpful for people with only mild TMJ symptoms. Nightguards may be prescribed by the dentist, as well. This will prevent teeth grinding during the night and in turn might help alleviate TMJ symptoms. If teeth are improperly aligned, teeth straightening may provide relief from TMJ symptoms. The dentist can also prescribe an oral appliance like a stabilization splint that will help relieve pain by moving the jaw into a better position. Many patients find relief from their symptoms using an oral appliance that is worn according the dentist’s treatment plan.
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