Do you experience persistent headaches, pain or discomfort in the jaw and neck, or clicking and popping sounds when you eat? These may be the symptoms of problems in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) of your jaw.
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that is present on each side of the mouth. These joints join the jawbone and the skull and enable the opening and closure of the lower jaw.
A common and degenerating condition, TMJ can cause migraines and jaw pain, which may affect your day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.
Symptoms of TMJ
Here are the main signs and symptoms of TMJ:
Chronic pain in the jaw joint and adjacent areas
Clicking or popping noise while eating, opening or closing the mouth
Pain in the neck and shoulders
Swelling on one side of the face
Stiffness in the jaw muscles leading to limited jaw movement
Migraine and recurring headaches.
Dizziness and vision problems.
Treatments Offered For TMJ Disorder At Capitola Family Dentistry
At Capitola Family Dentistry, we offer various treatment options to help our patients improve the alignment and function of their jaw. If we diagnose TMJ disorder in our patients, our team, with our experience and expertise, uses the following therapies to treat your condition.
Pain Relievers: Painkillers such as ibuprofen can help ease TMJ pain during its initial stage.
Muscle Relaxants: Muscle relaxants can help the patients have relief from TMJ disorders that are created by muscle spasms.
Oral Splints or Mouth Guards: Oral appliances like oral splints and mouth guards help manage bruxism, a condition that causes grinding or clenching of teeth while sleeping. An improper bite can also cause TMJ disorder, and oral appliances can help treat this issue.
Sleep Appliances: If you find it difficult to fall asleep, oral sleep appliances can help.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy and exercises aimed at stretching and strengthening the jaw muscles along with cold and hot compresses can relieve the TMJ pain.
Injections: Corticosteroid injections or Botox can help to treat the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.
Besides, bring about a few changes in your daily habits to have relief from TMD issues.
Try to avoid clenching your jaw.
Avoid chewing gum.
Massage the TMJs to relieve them from unwanted stress.
Reduce snacking to prevent stress and strain on the joints.
Adjust your sleeping position in such a way that the TMJ isn't under stress during sleep.
TMJ Disorder Diagnosis
If you think that you experience TMJ, it is important to treat the condition at the earliest to stop it from affecting the jaw's movement. Your doctor will diagnose your condition by analyzing your symptoms and checking your problem areas, including the head, neck, and face. Furthermore, the doctor may also suggest X - rays or TMJ arthroscopy to diagnose TMJ disorders.
Call us at (831)-464-8286 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Boger for a consultation at our office in Capitola, CA.