Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Temporomandibular Joint A.K.A TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. The joint together with the jaw muscles facilitate the action of closing, opening and any other movement of your mouth.
An interruption to the complex interaction of the smooth sliding and gliding of the joint parts may result in an excruciating pain. A condition that San Pablo dentists refer to as a temporomandibular joint disorder.
Triggers of TMJ Disorders
The TMJ involves a complex interaction of tissues making a diagnosis of the exact cause of the pain difficult to the inexperienced dentist. At our San Pablo dental office, you will undergo a thorough examination to unearth the fundamental cause of your TMJ before treatment is initiated.
According to Dr. Lee and Dr. Kim, TMJ discomfort might be as a result of a combination of various factors. For example:
- Effects of old age
- Poor oral habit
When to Seek Professional Health
More often than not TMJ discomfort is self-limiting. However, persistent pain, inability to move your mouth and severe pain shouldn’t be taken lightly. Seek medical attention by a San Pablo dentist immediately. By seeking early medical intervention, you will be in a better position to reverse the TMJ damages.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research guides the San Pablo dental team in formulating a treatment plan for her patients. As a rule of thumb, dentists in San Pablo Dental Care will opt for simple treatment before gradually scaling to more complex kinds.
Some of the conservative measures that your San Pablo dentist might advise you to use for the management of TMJ disorder include:
- Consumption of tender foods
- Jaw relaxation techniques such as biofeedback
- Use of heat parks on the painful joints
- Desisting from biting of non-food stuff.
- Use of night guards to prevent to prevent teeth grinding.
- Prescription drugs by your dentist
Surgical interventions remain the last resort when it comes to addressing TMJ disorders.