What Is Tmj Syndrome and How Is It Treated? Your Glendale Dentist Explains
TMJ. It's a term that you may remember hearing at some point, but that you aren't very familiar with. Technically, the TMJ is the pair of temporomandibular joints that are situated at the back of the mouth. These joints are partially responsible for connecting the jaw to the skull. They are also partially responsible for the movements that you make without having to think about it. Every time you open and close your mouth to speak or chew, your TMJs are involved, along with the muscles, ligaments, and nerves with which they are related.
The muscles around the TMJs have predetermined lengths. The length of each muscle does not change, but sometimes the mouth does. This could be due to the way the bite develops, or to changes in tooth structure. When the joints and muscles are constantly trying to adapt, or are over-used, dysfunction may occur. This is referred to as TMJD, TMJ Disorder, or TMJ Syndrome. By any name, the condition can be frustrating and uncomfortable.
There are several symptoms that may originate in a dysfunctional jaw. The most commonly recognized are stiffness and noise. The joints may pop or click as you open and close your mouth. More recently, research has discovered that TMJ Syndrome may also be the cause of chronic head and neck pain, and may also cause ringing in the ears and generalized soreness in the face.
Don't Suffer from TMJ. Get Help!
People often suffer needlessly from TMJ Syndrome because they don't know what is causing their symptoms, and may not know what to do about it. Your dentist in Glendale can help. At CyberDent, patients receive quality care from experienced dentists who understand the inner-workings of the mouth. The way that TMJ is treated may depend on its cause.
- If the TMJs are stressed and over-worked from, say, a gum-chewing habit, we may begin care with home remedies such as avoiding gum and resting the jaw with a soft-food diet for a week or two.
- Ice and heat are also beneficial for sore muscles that need to repair.
- An examination can identify if dental conditions are the cause of TMJ Syndrome. This will enable us to plan appropriate treatment.
One of the most common ways to resolve TMJ Syndrome is the use of a custom orthotic device. Oral appliance therapy prevents the grinding and clenching that occur when you sleep, thereby allowing the jaw to recuperate from over-use.
Learn more about dental treatment for TMJ Syndrome when you visit your dentist in Glendale. Call CyberDent at (818) 547-4455.
Location: 6300 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201