Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders can cause mild to severe discomfort for those experiencing this condition. Located at the corner where your jaw meets your skull, the TMJ plays a crucial role in our daily activities such as talking, eating, and expressing emotions. If you’re experiencing problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it, you might be suffering from a TMJ disorder. It’s necessary to understand the types of TMJ disorders and the various treatment options available. Bloomfield Dental Designs in Bloomfield, NJ, offers a wide range of services to help you manage and treat TMJ disorders effectively.
Understanding TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders manifest as pain in your jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. The exact reason causing TMJ disorders can be hard to determine, as your pain could be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis, or an injury to the jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw
- Pain in the temporomandibular joints
- Ache in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Treatment Options in Bloomfield Dental Designs
At Bloomfield Dental Designs, we offer various treatment options focused on relieving your symptoms. Depending on your individual case, your treatment might range from conservative self-care to complex surgical procedures.
Dental Splints or Mouthguards
These are often the first line of treatment. We custom design these devices to fit comfortably and assist in combatting TMJ disorders. They help by providing an even surface over which the teeth can close, relieving pressure on the jaw joints and muscles.
Exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, heat and ice therapy, and ultrasound treatment form the backbone of physical therapy treatment for TMJ disorders.
Medication or Pain Relievers
If non-surgical treatments are not relieving your pain, our dentist might suggest medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or even antidepressants can help manage the pain associated with TMJ disorders.
Are some people more at risk of TMJ disorders?
Yes, TMJ disorders are more common in women than in men, and they are most frequently seen in people between the ages of 20 to 40.
Is surgery a good option for treating TMJ Disorders?
Surgery is typically seen as the last resort if conservative treatments fail. The type of surgery depends on the individual needs of the patient. But remember, All surgical options come with certain risks.
Living with a TMJ disorder can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, very painful. At Bloomfield Dental Designs, we’re equipped with the knowledge and experience to provide you with the treatment that’s just right for your situation. You don’t have to live with the pain anymore – please schedule a consultation with us today, and let us help you live a more comfortable life.