The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome predominantly affects a person by causing continuous pain in the jaw. It also causes headaches and issues such as pain in the ear, pain when chewing, yawning, or biting, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. It can also occur if you have an uneven bite, have had previous injuries, dislocated your jaw, or have arthritis. If you are a woman between the ages of 18-44, you have a higher chance of developing TMJ than men.
TMJ can sometimes be hard to identify and in many cases, it resolves on its own, but if you are experiencing any of the issues associated with TMJ, especially continuous jaw pain and don’t have any other dental issues, it is important to contact 8118 Dental. In order to treat TMJ appropriately, a proper diagnosis is essential. Treating TMJ can be done in many different ways and 8118 offers several options. Physical therapy may be a great way to strengthen the jaw muscle and alleviate some pain. An occlusal adjustment can also help correct chewing, which can help correct TMJ. Mouthguards and oral splints can also be used to help protect the jaw and prevent any further damage. Pain relievers and muscles relaxants are also a common form of treatment and since this is a nonsurgical route, it is preferred by main patients and doctors. However, in some cases, surgery may be the best route for TMJ.
You don’t have to continuously suffer from pain and discomfort in your jaw. 8118 Dental is highly skilled in understanding TMJ and will work with you to find the right treatment plan for you.
For more information, contact our offices in Austin, Texas to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Busch.