TMJ treatment may be something you are seeking to help alleviate jaw stress and dental problems. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint that hinges the jaw and allows for movement such as chewing and speaking. Problems with this joint are typically called TMJ but the appropriate abbreviation is actually TMD – temporomandibular disorder. TMJ treatment can be important due to the pain and difficulty that comes with joint problems in the jaw.
The causes of TMJ are varied and doctor’s are not certain precisely what causes all cases of temporomandibular disorder. Some cases may be caused by damage to the head or neck, such as a heavy impact or accident. Other cases may be caused by stress that affects and constricts jaw and neck muscles, or the clenching and grinding of teeth. Whatever the causes, TMD can be painful and inhibitive to patients. Pain can be temporary or permanent and can affect the jaw and neck muscles, making movement, chewing, and speaking painful. Severe cases may inhibit the ability of a patient to fully open their mouth, cause popping or clicking in the jaw, or result in difficulty chewing.
TMJ treatment and diagnosis can be difficult and may require an extensive discussion with your dentist to ascertain the cause and best solutions for your treatment. Your dentist will feel for pain in your jaw and may require X-ray examination to help determine your treatment. Seeing an oral surgeon may also be necessary. If visiting a dentist makes you nervous, you may want to consider sedation dentistry in which mild or deeper sedatives can help ease the stress of a visit.
TMJ treatment usually starts with low level and non-invasive treatments before progressing to more complex treatments. Your dentist will likely recommend simple treatment methods like compresses, mild pain relievers, and eating soft foods first. A night guard or splint may be prescribed to help align teeth and keep them from grinding and to relax jaw pressure. Orthodontic or surgical involvement to correct tooth alignment or damage may be necessary in extreme cases. Surgery, however, will only be considered after other, milder treatments have failed.
If you are concerned about temporomandibular disorders, you should consult with a qualified dentist like Dr. Nahel Yanni. Dr. Yanni specializes in a number of dental procedures and works hard to keep patients calm, informed, and relaxed. If you are in the New Jersey area, consulting with him about jaw pain or stress can help ascertain the best course of treatment for your possible temporomandibular disorder. Rest assured, that there are many low-impact treatments for this disorder which can be discussed with your dentist depending upon your case. TMJ treatment with Dr. Yanni can lead to better quality of life and less pain.