Each side of your jaw has a temporomandibular joint, frequently shortened to TMJ. It allows you to open and close your mouth without discomfort. However, over 10 million individuals in the United States suffer from a disorder with this joint. This disorder makes it difficult to chew, and people often suffer from lock jaw, pain around the head and changes in the way teeth fit together. The main thing to know about the disorder is that you need to seek relief from Dr. Ghina Morad immediately.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
A disorder occurs when the disk in the jaw moves out of its normal alignment. Damage to the joint’s cartilage also causes problem. Therefore, people who experience an injury to the jaw, which commonly occurs when playing contact sports, face an increased risk of having joint problems. The disc can also erode gradually over time if the person frequently clenches the jaw or grinds teeth. Teeth grinding may even occur unbeknownst to the person because it happens habitually while sleeping. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis also additional risk factors.
How Can You Treat TMJ Disorder?
This disorder can necessitate migraine treatment to deal with all the headaches associated with it. Many people take over-the-counter pain relievers, but you may also need a prescription to utilize muscle relaxants and tricyclic antidepressants. Many patients can find relief by utilizing therapies. Ice treatment and ultrasound can strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles to not make them as stiff. Our dentist can even prescribe you a mouthguard to wear at night, so that the damage to your teeth is minimal. You should continue scheduling appointments at our office if you still need help living with a TMJ disorder.
You will notice every time you chew that something is wrong with your jaw. Contact our practice in San Carlos, CA so that we can help get your oral health back to normal!