A problem with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, can make it hard to do simple things such as eat or even talk comfortably. If you’re experiencing this problem, it’s time to do something about it. The experts with Smile Time Dental can help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
What is TMJ?
The TMJ is basically a hinge that connects the skull with the jawbone. If you have arthritis or recently suffered a jaw injury, the TMJ can malfunction. This can lead to severe pain and trouble chewing.
Symptoms of a TMJ problem not only include pain but also a clicking noise when you chew or open your mouth. You might even notice a grating sensation.
Why TMJ Problems Occur
In addition to arthritis and injury, genetics may also play a role. If a family member has experienced TMJ problems, there’s a chance you will as well.
In many cases, the TMJ joint can become damaged due to the erosion of a disc designed to keep the joint moving smoothly. This disc can sometimes move out of its alignment, leading to big problems.
Treatment for TMJ Issues
At Smile Time Dental, we always opt for more conservative options first when treating TMJ. We will often recommend medications at first. These medications reduce inflammation and pain. Exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles can also be effective, as can ultrasound, heat, and ice therapies.
Talk to a professional with Smile Time Dental if you or someone you love is dealing with TMJ problems. Text 281-245-0711 to schedule an appointment.