If you’ve ever studied the body, you will notice just how hard it works for you. Your joints, muscles, and bones all play important roles for you health and your ability to do what you love, whatever that may be. Your jaw also has a joint that enables you to chew, speak, laugh, and yawn. This joint is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and it moves your lower jaw thousands of times each day. When it is damaged, you’ll want to get it fixed, but how will you know it’s in trouble? Below are some things you can look for and what we might recommend for your treatment when you come in.
When your TMJ is in distress, you’ll probably first notice the sounds. You might hear clicking or popping while you chew or yawn. It will sound like it is happening right beside your ear, because that’s where the TMJ is located.
We generally find TMJ because of the pain someone is experiencing. TMJ causes headaches or migraines. It can also cause soreness in your jaw or facial tension while you are chewing. Sometimes the pain even extends to your neck and shoulders.
Here at Overmeyer Family Dental, we believe that treating TMJ should begin as conservatively as possible. Often a little bit of rest is enough to give your joint time to heal. We begin with habit changes, relaxation techniques, and might recommend an over-the-counter muscle relaxer. Next we would recommend using a nighttime mouth guard while you are sleeping. In more serious instances, surgery might be required.
TMJ syndrome can cause lots of pain and problems, but with the right treatment, we can take care of that pain quickly. Don’t wait to see if it will go away on its own. Instead, Contact us today to set up an appointment. A quick exam will let us know what’s going on. We can’t wait to see you very soon!