If you are usually experiencing successive jaw throb symptoms, cerebral pains, or throbbing facial torment, then is it possible that you could be experiencing TMJdisorders or TMD. Speak with our dentist about the various dental treatment options that are available to help you. “TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (left and right) that connects the jaw to the skull. The pains you are experiencing could possibly have a dental origin. Did you know that bite and jaw alignment can affect gum, tooth, facial muscles and nerves? If you are experiencing clicking, popping, difficulty chewing, ringing in the ear, migraines, and headaches, then you can contact our dental clinic. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first line of defense.
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If you have symptoms such as a clicking sound or discomfort, then you will be glad to know that due to the latest research TMJ disorders are now easily diagnosed & treated than they were in the past.
Symptoms (jaw pain, clicking sounds, pain in jaw muscles etc.) occur when the jaw joints are worn and/or the muscles that are used for chewing are working incorrectly.
Early treatment and detection of this disorders is important due to the fact that some forms of this problem may lead to serious conditions. For the serious pain disorders that will require treatment, no single dental treatment process can be used to resolve all the disorders completely. Treatment will take some time and will require patience to become effective., but you will smile again after visiting or dental practice.
TROUBLE WITH YOUR JAW JOINT
There are many things that causes tmj disorder to develop. You might be grinding or clenching your teeth, stressing your joints and tightening your jaw muscles which causes damage and unnecessary wear. Disease or injury may be the cause of a damaged worn jaw joint. Arthritis and injuries can directly damage the joint movement, tear or stretch the muscle ligaments. As a result of this, the disk, which consists of cartilage and functions as the joint cushion can slip out of alignment. Whatever may be the cause, the results may include pains, misaligned bite, grating or clicking noise when you open your mouth or even trouble when trying to open your mouth wide. Locking of the jaw can also occur.
Are you aware of clenching or grinding your teeth?
Do you find that you wake up with stiff sore muscles around your jaws?
Do you have frequent headaches, neck aches?
Is it painful or difficult to open your mouth, yawn or eat?
Have you ever injured your head or jaw?
Have you had chronic arthritic problems with other joints?
Do your teeth no longer touch when you bite or meet differently sometimes?
Is it difficult to use your front teeth to tear or bite food?
Do you often have lower jaw pain?
Do you have frequent neck pains?
The more times that you have answered “yes” to the questions above, the more likely it is that you may have this medical condition, and will need medical help. TMJ disorders can be treated. You don't have to live with this discomfort.
TMJ DISORDER TREATMENTS IN ORLANDO
There are a variety of individual relief treatment options for a patient that we can implement to improve the function and harmony of your jaws. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of this disorder, your dentist will then determine the proper treatment course for you. It’s important for you to note that these types of treatment always work best with a team approach of professional care joined with self-care.
Self-care TMJ treatment Tips:
Resting the jaw and jaw muscle
Keeping your teeth apart when you are not eating
Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing
Eating softer foods helps to relieve TMJ disorders.
Applying heat and ice to relieve discomfort
Jaw exercises do help a lot
Practicing good posture
Avoid tensing or clenching the teeth. This helps also the jaw muscles.
Avoid situations that causes stress
Physical therapy or biofeedback (stress management techniques) may also be recommended, as well as a temporary splint or nightguard which is a transparent plastic health appliance. This appliance fits over your bottom or top teeth and helps our patients to keep their teeth separated, thereby relaxing the muscles which causes this problem which will then lead to a reduction of pain. Different types of appliances are used by doctors for different purposes and this is by a case by case basis. The nightguard helps you to stop grinding or clenching your teeth and also helps to reduce muscle tension at night. The nightguard also helps to protect the joint surfaces and cartilage.
Bite Correction Or Surgery
Restorative dental rehabilitation, bite adjustment also known as equilibration may be needed if your disorder is caused by problems related to how your teeth fit together. Open-jaw surgery and arthroscopy are sometimes needed but is usually reserved for severe cases. Speak with your doctor about other possible remedies before trying open jaw surgery.
Our team of professionals really do care about our patients. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a comprehensive jaw, mouth, and head examination. Visit our office or make an appointment. You do not need to suffer any longer. Let us help you to find relief from these painful symptoms. Get back your time, get back your health, get back your life.
Orlando TMJ Disorder FAQ's
TMD or TMJ disorders has been associated with various types of chronic neck , face pains. This joint is located directly in front of each of our ears.
Are my headaches being caused by TMD?
While many factors can contribute to headaches, TMD has been found to be one explanation. Stress oftentimes will cause us to clench our teeth, which puts undue pressure on the jaw joint that can lead to TMD.
Does temporomandibular joint disorder always require surgery?
Oral surgery is not the first common choice of dental treatment for our patients and is usually performed when all other avenues of more conservative treatments have failed to help or alleviate its effects.
Non-surgical options are designed to help reduce pressure on the joint. Non-surgical procedures are preferred to help reduce pain and restore normal activities when yawning, talking, and swallowing.
What are some of the symptoms?
According to one study, the most frequent complaints and the approximate percentage of their occurrences were:
Headaches which includes migraines and other head pain.
Ear problems (this can include ringing in the ears, muffled or clogged ears, dizziness, otalgia (earache without signs of infection being present.)
Pain in throat, teeth, gum, face, back, and behind eyes