TMJ problems lead to severe pain, swelling, and even locking of the jaw. The usual treatment for TMJ involves using anesthetics or painkillers. These treatments can have their downsides as well. In some extreme cases, the pain caused by TMJ disorder can only be relieved with invasive surgery.
In most instances, the most effective treatments for TMJ disorders affect the underlying cause of TMJ problems. To relieve the pain of TMJ you may: relax your face. Use cold compresses to reduce inflammation around the jaw joint. Reduce jaw movement. Avoid hard foods (such as beef jerky) and chewing tobacco.
People with severe TMJ disorder may need to resort to more drastic means to remove the TMJ pain. In these cases, patients will need to see a physician who specializes in treating TMJ problems. Some patients may need to wear a mouth guard while they sleep to control jaw movement. And in extreme cases where the underlying cause of TMJ disorder is muscle tension, muscle exercises may need to be done in addition to the other treatments discussed above. The exercises are meant to retrain the muscles around the jaw joint to prevent TMJ symptoms from recurring.
The primary goal of the jaw exercises mentioned above is to reduce the tension that causes the TMJ symptoms. The secondary goal is to improve the posture and bite of the patient. This will reduce the occurrence of facial pain due to TMJ. This can also help you avoid long-term complications such as headaches and insomnia.
Many people experience grinding of their teeth. This happens when the soft tissue on the inside of the teeth, which includes the dentin, becomes inflamed or irritated. The grinding occurs when the person tries to relieve the pressure by biting on the back of their upper teeth. Although many people grind their teeth to relieve stress and anxiety, this disorder can also have serious underlying health complications.
If the condition of your jaw bone (the base of your skull) is causing the TMJ, your doctor may prescribe the use of a mouth guard. These guards are designed to hold your lower jaw in a fixed position. They may also help reduce stress caused by TMJ. These guards can either be custom made or found at your local drug store. Most people find that they are comfortable wearing them.
Some TMJ disorders are accompanied by inflammation of the joint. In these cases, pain and swelling can result. A doctor can prescribe a steroid pain reliever to relieve the symptoms. These steroidal pain relievers can help reduce pain and improve muscle relaxation. They are not, however, a cure for TMJ itself.
Arthritis, another TMJ disorder, can cause symptoms such as locking of the jaw. If the cause of your TMJ disorder is arthritis, your doctor may recommend treatment for the arthritis along with the use of a bite guard. It has been found that many cases of TMJ are caused by muscle problems rather than biting stress. Many of the exercises necessary for arthritis prevention actually increase muscle tension, making TMJ symptoms worse. It is important to seek proper medical advice if you think you may have arthritis as an underlying cause of TMJ.
Other cases of TMJ disorder are due to clenching and grinding of the teeth. Clenching and grinding of the teeth can lead to cracks in the teeth, sinus infections, and even mouth cancer. For this reason, it is very important that you report all cases of TMJ to your dentist. You should have your bite examined by your dentist to rule out any underlying disease that might be causing your TMJ. If a sinus infection or a cold has caused your TMJ, the dentist will most likely recommend treatments for these conditions.
There are many ways to treat TMJ. Your dentist can provide you with various treatments depending on what the cause of your TMJ disorder is. In some cases, the dentist may recommend simple anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. These over the counter pain relievers can help with the discomfort of clocking and grinding teeth but won’t help with any pain or swelling you experience as a result of your TMJ disorder.
In more severe cases of TMJ, your dentist may recommend surgical procedures to eliminate your TMJ problem. The dentist may perform arthroscopy to remove impacted or damaged cartilage between the base of your skull and your joint(s). The dentist may perform specific surgeries, such as osteotomy where they disconnect the muscles in your face and replace them with metal screws. In more extreme cases, the dentist may perform surgery to fully open up your jaws and replace the muscles with titanium screws. While these procedures are not typically performed on patients with TMJ, they are highly effective and long-lasting treatments for your TMJ problem.