TMJ syndrome is an often painful and inconvenient condition that can heavily affect your life. This dysfunction can make many things uncomfortable, from eating to speaking to laughing to kissing. In short, it’s a very frustrating problem to have, and will most likely require you to get TMJ treatment.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to alleviate the discomfort. One of the best treatments is TMJ laser pain management, which we offer at Infinite Dental Wellness. This treatment is a painless and non-invasive method that will immediately minimize any TMJ pain. Our treatment relieves muscle tension, increases blood circulation to your joints, and treats damaged tissue with laser technology.
So how do you know if you actually have this condition and need TMJ treatment?
Symptoms of TMJ
The classic symptoms of TMJ syndrome include pain or tenderness in the jaw, aches around the ear, difficultly opening or closing your mouth, facial pain or soreness, having pain or difficulty while chewing, locking of the jaw joint, a clicking sound when opening your mouth or chewing, a grating sensation when opening your mouth or chewing, a “popping” sound in the ears, headaches, and facial or neck swelling.
TMJ treatment can help with all of these irritating symptoms.
What Causes TMJ?
In order to explain what may cause this condition, it’s important to understand the body.
First of all, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your head is what connects your jaw to your skull. It combines a “hinge” action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in this joint are covered with cartilage, and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which has the ability to keep the movement nice and smooth.
Some experts believe that when this shock-absorbing disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment, TMJ syndrome can occur.
Other causes aren’t always clear, but experts believe TMJ problems can happen due to the joint’s cartilage being damaged by arthritis, or because of a traumatic blow.
People are more susceptible to have TMJ problems if they have had a jaw injury, or have certain types of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis). TMJ can also affect people who grind or clench their teeth, have overbites, have misalignment of the teeth or jaw, chew gum too much, or have connective tissue diseases. Even poor posture has been connected to TMJ syndrome.
When Should You See A Specialist?
If you’re having persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can’t open or close your mouth completely, you should visit an oral health specialist. There are many treatments and methods that can help with this condition.
If these symptoms look familiar to you and you believe you may need TMJ treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact Infinite Wellness Dental. As one of the best dentists in Glendale, we will be more than happy to check you out and get you on your way to feeling better! Remember, leaving TMJ syndrome untreated can lead to further oral problems and pain down the road—so it’s best to take care of it soon!