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Rendering of facial bones with low jaw shown glowing in red in San JoseTemporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common problem that may be attributed to problems within the mouth that can cause issues with the jaw.

Contact our experts at Nancy Shiba, DDS to find out if we can help if you have pain or discomfort in your jaw.



What is TMJ?



Temporomandibular joint disorder affects the muscles around your jaw. It can be very painful and lead to serious complications such as arthritis if left untreated.

There is more than one type of this disorder, such as myofascial pain syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, and temporomandibular joint synovitis, among others.

You may have been diagnosed with this disorder by an orthodontist if they found out that there were issues regarding how wide your mouth opens.



Causes of TMJ Disorders



The exact cause of your TMJ can be difficult to determine because sometimes the pain can be caused by a combination of factors. Supposing that you suffer from bruxism, meaning you tend to clench or grind their teeth, that may be the cause of your TMJ.

When you have a habit of clenching your jaw under stress you may start to feel pain and develop TMJ. It is important to know that the most common cause of TMJ is muscle tension, which can be triggered by stress.



Symptoms of TMJ Disorders



Signs of temporomandibular joint disorder can include locking of the haw or restricted haw movement, pain in the neck, face or shoulders, a painful gratin/clicking when the mouth is opened or closed, and earaches, headaches, and dizziness.



TMJ Treatment Options



If you're experiencing TMJ disorder or have been diagnosed with it, dental treatments may help to alleviate symptoms such as pain in the jaw and headaches.

We will usually take an x-ray to see if there is a misalignment of the jaw and may recommend you visit a specialist.

A doctor who specializes in joints or muscles can also diagnose TMJ by using pressure points on your head, neck, shoulders, and back that are linked with the temporomandibular joint.

Treatments recommended are dependent on what is the cause of your symptoms. However, some of the dental treatments that may help include mouthguards, orthodontics, and restorative dentistry.



Benefits of TMJ Treatment



TMJ treatment can help alleviate symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ can include pain or discomfort in the jaw joints when chewing, soreness in the jaw, neck or spine, and headaches.

You may also experience muscular tension in the back of the head, shoulders, and neck.



The TMJ Treatment Process



The dentist will examine your jaw and talk with you about your symptoms. They will also listen to your jaw while you open and shut your mouth. Then they will assess your jaw movement to see if it is normal, pressing particular areas to see if there is any discomfort or pain on your jaw.

When an issue is discovered, certain procedures must be taken. To examine the jaw and teeth, dental x-rays are obtained. CT scans then offer comprehensive pictures of your bones that are linked to the joint. The MRI identifies soft tissue or joint disk problems.



Aftercare and Management of TMJ Disorders



Wearing mouth guards or oral splints, which strengthen the jaw and teeth, are non-drug therapies for TMJ difficulties, especially if the damage is caused by stress on the jaw or teeth.

Physical therapy is essential because it includes exercises that stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles, such as moist heat, ultrasound, and ice application.



Common FAQs About TMJ Treatment




Can TMJ Disorders Go Away on Their Own?



Some symptoms resolve on their own, but if they persist, therapy is advised.

Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers are among the most popular treatments, but if these are unsuccessful, stronger pain relievers may be prescribed for a period of time.

Tricyclic antidepressants are used to treat depression as well as pain relief, bruxism control, and insomnia. Muscle relaxants are used to relieve pain produced by TMJ problems and spasms, but not on a regular basis.


How Long Does TMJ Treatment Take to Show Results?



Unfortunately there is no one easy to diagnose TMD and the best way to determine whether or not you have this condition is by a visit to our dentist where we will ask you questions about your habits and health.

We may also check the condition of your mouth with an oral exam and your x-rays will allow us to observe your jawbones and see any issues clearly.

One of the most important aspects of TMJ treatment is to establish the cause of your problems. This will help ensure we are providing the correct treatment for you. Thus, results may vary.


Are There Any Side Effects of TMJ Treatment?



There could be side effects if you are taking medications to treat your TMJ. If you undergo jaw surgery, your jaw may remain stiff for several months.

It is best to consult with the dentist in regard to potential side effects of your specific TMJ treatment. Overall, these side effects should be mild.


Can TMJ Treatment Be Combined with Other Dental Procedures?



The most common treatment for TMJ is a mouth guard that can stop nocturnal teeth grinding (bruxism) which can cause stress on the teeth and jaw joints.

A night guard will protect your teeth and help to prevent the worsening of the problem.

Orthodontic treatment may alleviate the symptoms of TMJ if underlying dental problems, such as misaligned teeth, have caused you to hold your jaw in a way that has caused stress to the jaw joints.

It may also be recommended if you have an overbite or underbite. Orthodontics may include removing some teeth to create more space for the remaining teeth to move into, using braces.

For some people who have a severe overbite or underbite, orthodontic treatment may be undertaken in conjunction with jaw realignment surgery.

Missing teeth can contribute to TMJ which is why dentists recommend treatments like dental implants.

A missing tooth could be the cause of your pain and not necessarily just a symptom, but it's still important that you get treatment from a dentist as soon as possible so they can fix any problems before symptoms worsen.

Restorative dentistry treatments work by restoring damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth. The long-term repercussions can affect the alignment of your jaw which can contribute to TMJ problems.

Thus, treatment options that may help include dental implants, crowns, and possibly bridges.


How Can I Prevent TMJ Disorders in the Future?



TMJ pain and TMD issues are avoidable. To begin, it is advisable to avoid overusing the jaw muscles by eating soft foods and avoiding chewy items such as gum. At home, you may stretch and massage your jaw muscles.

Counseling and pain-reduction and stress-reducing measures are crucial. This is to help you prevent and manage discomfort caused by habits like leaning on your chin, grinding your teeth, biting your fingernails, and clenching your teeth.



Find Relief from TMJ Disorders with TMJ Treatment in San Jose, CA



Our amazing staff at Nancy Shiba, DDS can determine whether your jaw pain is due to TMJ or another condition and can provide an appropriate line of treatment.

For more information, and to find out the benefits of our services and how we can help you, please call Nancy Shiba, DDS at (669) 306-7669 today.


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