Are you experiencing painful tension headaches? Or maybe you find your jaw is constantly in pain? If so, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, dysfunction/disorder. This condition is also referred to simply as TMD.
People have two temporomandibular joints—one on each side of their face—that act as hinges, connecting your jawbone to your skull. When these joints are stressed, TMJ dysfunction/disorder may occur.
TMJ dysfunction affects 20 to 30 percent of the adult population. Common symptoms include tension headaches, persistent jaw pain, and worn teeth. The Mayo Clinic suggests five common solutions for TMJ dysfunction/disorder.
1. Personalized Dental Counseling
Our team will help you understand the causes of TMJ dysfunction/disorder and behaviors that may intensify your pain. For example, teeth grinding, clenching your jaw, leaning on your chin, and biting fingernails may aggravate pain.
Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication may help relieve your pain. In some cases, stronger pain relievers, or other short-term use of muscle relaxants may be recommended.
3. Oral Splints or Mouth Guards
Some patients see relief by wearing soft or firm mouth guards, often when they are sleeping.
4. Physical Therapy
Exercises to strengthen jaw muscles and other forms of physical therapy may provide relief and prevent future TMJ disorder symptoms from occurring.
5. Injections or Surgical Procedures
In rare cases, minimally invasive surgical procedures or injections may be necessary. For example, arthrocentesis is a procedure that irrigates your TMJ, removing debris or inflammatory byproducts.
TMJ symptoms may go away without treatment. If your symptoms persist, our Savannah Dental Care team has the experience and compassion to help you understand and treat your TMJ dysfunction. Relief is near!