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Painful TMJ/TMD difficulties can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Our Fall River, MA, dentist Dr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile discusses the condition and explains how dental treatment can help.
What is TMJ/TMD?
Temporomandibular joint disorder may be referred to as either TMJ or TMD. Both terms describe the same condition. TMJ/TMD affects the temporomandibular joints in your jaw that work like hinges. If you place your hands just below your ears, you'll feel the joints move when you open and close your mouth. A problem with the alignment of the bones, ligaments and tendons in the joints is responsible for common TMJ/TMD symptoms. In some cases, it's impossible to determine the cause of the condition. In others, it's linked to injuries, arthritis, bite problems or nightly grinding or clenching.
What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD causes a number of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Jaw pain and stiffness (Pain may increase when you chew, speak or yawn.)
- Muscle tension and pain in your neck and upper back muscles
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth
- Jaw locking for a few seconds or longer when you open or close your mouth
- Pain and pressure in your ears
- Ringing or popping sensations in the ears
- Difficulty chewing
How can my dentist help me?
After performing a complete examination in our Fall River office, we will recommend treatment options based on your symptoms and the cause of your condition. If TMJ/TMD is caused by a misaligned bite, orthodontic treatment offers an effective solution. As your braces gradually realign your teeth, your symptoms will improve.
Custom-made nightguards can reduce stress on your temporomandibular joint caused by grinding or clenching. The nightguards fit over your bottom teeth and absorb the brunt of the forces you generate when you grind your teeth. An oral splint may also be helpful. The splint repositions your jaw while you sleep, which can reduce stress and tension in your jaw muscles.
TMJ/TMD treatment can ease your pain. Call our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile, at (508) 672-6471 to schedule an appointment.
Find out if your jaw pain and stiffness could be the result of a TMJ disorder.
Do you find that you wake up with an aching, throbbing or painful jaw? Do you notice a surprisingly audible popping sound when you yawn or open your mouth wide? Does eating certain chewy or large foods cause you jaw discomfort? If so, then you might be dealing with a TMJ disorder. Learn more about this condition, its symptoms and how our Fall River, MA dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, can help.
What are TMJ disorders?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, and TMJ disorders affect how these jaw joints or muscles work. The TMJ is responsible for chewing, speaking and swallowing, as well as other lower jaw movements.
What causes TMJ disorders?
While it isn’t always possible to determine the root cause of this issue common causes include:
- Trauma or injury to the jaw
- Jaw misalignment
- Teeth grinding
- Stress on the jaw
How is it treated?
Fortunately, our Fall River general dentist offers multiple ways to ease and eliminate symptoms related to TMJ disorders. For some sufferers, this condition will go away on its own. But if the problem persists, here are some ways to reduce TMJ-related symptoms:
- Maintain a softer food diet and cut food into small, chewable pieces
- Avoid nail biting, gum chewing and other habits that require wide jaw movements
- Apply an ice pack to the jaw for several minutes at a time to alleviate pain and swelling
- Try meditation or other relaxation techniques to reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Practice jaw-strengthening exercises (We would be happy to show you some when you visit our office. Just ask!)
- Try wearing a night guard or splint while you sleep to prevent grinding and clenching
Dentistry With A Smile, LLC is here to provide you with the dental care you deserve in the Fall River, MA area. Whether you’re dealing with painful jaw problems or just need to schedule your routine dental cleaning, give us a call today.