TMJ Pain while serious can be treated
TMJ pain can be a serious problem for living a pain free and normal life. TMJ, more accurately TMD – temporomandular disorder – is a disorder that affects the mobility and working of the jaw joint. Typically referred to as TMJ, these disorders can cause discomfort, pain, and even lack of mobility in the jaw, making chewing and even speaking difficult. Women are more often diagnosed with TMJ than men and the most common age of diagnosis is twenty to forty years of age. For many patients, TMJ pain can be mild, however, consulting with your dentist on the nature of your problems and the best course of treatment is vital. Dr. Nahel Yanni, located in East Brunswick, New Jersey, specializes in many dental procedures, including sedation dentistry, and can offer relaxing and painless consultations on your dental problems.
TMJ pain can come in several forms from mild muscle tension and strain to popping, clicking and grinding in the jaw joint and severe pain. There may be an inability to open the mouth fully, inability to chew, or difficulty speaking. Temporomandular disorders can be caused by impact or damage to the head or neck, but also can be caused by tension, stress, or malformation of the jaw or mouth. Treating pain from these disorders is also a matter of diagnosing the cause pain. To do this, your dentist will have to consult with you regarding your dental and medical history to determine whether or not there is a medical or stress related cause for your pain.
Once diagnosed, your TMJ pain can have several treatment options. Your dentist will likely start with simple and non-invasive treatments like ice packs, hot compresses, or pain medication to reduce muscle tension. You may also be asked to avoid large movements of the jaw when yawning or talking, or be fitted with a night guard or splint to help align the teeth and jaw properly and for the least amount of strain. Since stress can also increase pain, you may be prescribed an anti-anxiety medication or muscle relaxant to reduce stress of the muscles in the jaw, face, and neck. If your TMJ is caused by a physical misalignment or problem with the mouth or jaw, your dentist may recommend an oral surgeon, laser therapy, or surgery options, however these are typically tried after lesser options fail.
For patients who are nervous about dentists, Dr. Nahel Yanni specializes in making your visit comfortable, relaxed, and simple. If you experience severe anxiety, a friendly staff and doctor can help ease your worries, even providing a mild sedative if necessary. It is far more important that you be able to comfortably discuss your TMJ pain with your doctor than be nervous about your appointment.