The temporomandibular joint is shortly known as TMJ, which is a joint on either side of your head, which connects your jaw and the bottom of your skull. The surrounding muscles enable you to open/close your mouth. Sometimes, these joints move out of the line and lead to TMD – Temporomandibular joint disorder.
Some of the Symptoms of Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) are the pain in one of your jaw point or in both the jaw points, pain in your ears, pain when you chew your food, stiffness when you move your jaws and your teeth may not regularly fit together. It may not necessarily be TMD when you hear a popping sound from your jaw unless you have other symptoms too.
There may be discomfort and pain across your body which includes your ears, face, neck, shoulders, mouth, etc., Also headaches and facial pain may be related to TMD which also carries the risk of a migraine. TMJ and migraines have a connection. When the muscles get strained, it may lead to migraine attacks. For TMJ headache relief, an oral appliance may be provided by our TMJ specialist. This appliance will help in properly aligning your jaw and eases the force placed on your joint when you are asleep.
There are many reasons that cause TMD like an injury, malocclusions, dislocated jaw, damaged cartilage due to Arthritis, etc., The most common reason is when the cartilage present in the joints, slips out. If you have any of these symptoms, our TMJ dentist may look out for signs with an X-ray may be, to get a clear picture of your joint. One of the treatment includes oral splints, which allows your ligaments and your jaw muscles to relax and avoids teeth grinding. It also enables optimal biting position and relieves the tension in your jaw.
Some of these symptoms may also match Myofascial pain syndrome, where the main symptom being muscle pain in neck, shoulders, head, lower back and also includes abnormal jaw mobility. When a trigger point of a particular muscle is activated due to an injury or strain, there will be the pain in that area. Myofascial pain may also be caused due to poor body postures. Myofascial pain syndrome treatment includes splints, cold spray, medications and also includes therapies like physical therapy and trigger point release. Trigger point therapy includes massage with a gradual pressure at the trigger points, which alleviates the pain in the muscles. Also, Myofascial release massage helps in releasing the tightness in the muscle. This releases the pain and restores the motion of the muscles.
We at Smiles for life dental group will provide you with the ultimate treatment for TMD. We have the best TMJ specialists, who can properly analyze your pain and treat you to get relieved at the earliest. For headaches or any muscle pain, consult our TMJ dentists, who will be able to suggest you the right treatment and therapies. We would like you to have a pain free smile on your face!