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3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlighted. Temporomandibular joints, often known as TMJs, are the joints and jaw muscles on either side of your skull that allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw in all directions (forwards, backward, and sideways). Muscles and ligaments, as well as the jawbone, all collaborate to allow you to chew, swallow, and talk effectively. Each TMJ is equipped with a disc that sits between the ball and socket. It is possible to pivot or slide the mouth open wide because of the disc, which cushions the weight. It is possible to develop a painful TMJ condition if there is difficulty with the functioning of this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones.

Causes of TMD

At times, severe pressure on the jaw joints or the muscles involved in eating, speaking, or swallowing is the primary cause of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and its symptoms. When you clench or grind your teeth involuntarily, you may be suffering from TMD because it causes damage to the jaw, neck, and head that causes discomfort. TMD discomfort can be caused by a variety of factors, including jaw dislocation and arthritis. TMD can also be caused by other medical disorders such as fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome.

Treatment Options

A conservative approach to treating TMJ attempts to diagnose and treat the underlying cause to achieve long-term success. A custom-fitted splint or night guard can be used to assist in relaxing the jaw while you sleep, but the ultimate objective is to discover a permanent solution that does not require the use of an oral appliance. Some patients may benefit from orthodontic therapy to realign their teeth. In addition, the dentist may prescribe dental crowns, tooth bonding, or other restorative dental procedures to restore the health of their teeth. When the teeth are properly aligned, the TMJ is no longer subjected to excessive tension. In certain situations, an issue with the joint itself is the root cause of the disorder's manifestation. A more severe treatment plan or surgical alternatives may be recommended by the dentist in this situation.

Therapies for TMJ and TMD

It is possible to treat TMJ disorders without using medications. For example, using mouth guards or oral splints, which strengthen the jaw and teeth, can be beneficial, especially if the trauma was caused by strain on the jaw or teeth. In addition to doing exercises that stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, physical therapy is recommended. Examples of such therapies include moist heat application, ultrasound, and ice application. It is critical to seek counseling and education on pain management techniques. This is to assist you in developing strategies to prevent and manage aches caused by habits such as grinding teeth, biting fingernails, and clenching of the teeth.

Treatment can also prevent the disease from worsening and creating widespread discomfort and pain, which would otherwise occur. You may have a beautiful smile and live a pain-free life if you visit us at Hidden Springs Family Dentistry to guide you on the treatment process of TMD/TMJ. Call us at (971) 414-3994 to get assistance.
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