If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, it is time to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. These symptoms take place when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each hinge (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
What Causes TMD?
- Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
- Misalignment of the teeth or jaw
- An injury that affects the teeth or jaw
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
How is TMJ Treated?
The good news is, TMJ treatments are typically non-invasive but still very effective. If you tend to grind or clench your teeth at night, we can have you fitted for a custom mouthguard to prevent the molars from grinding and stop TMJ at its source. In rare cases, severe TMJ is treated through more advanced dental services like oral surgery. Dr. Farshad will be able to determine the best treatment option for your specific needs.
Self-Care Treatments Can Often be Effective as Well and Include
- Resting your jaw
- Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
- Eating soft foods