What is TMJ?
TMJD, a short term for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, causes pain to millions of people all over the world. Despite the fact that this disorder has become a common condition, there are still a lot of people who do not seek treatment. The reason behind this is they are not familiar with this type of disorder, how to treat it, or even who to talk to about it. Instead they just live with the pain and problem. This could lead to more serious injury and oral health problems down the road. If you think you might be suffering from TMJD you need the help of Medgaus Dental Care.
This disorder is common brought about by an injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which has affected the nerves and muscles in the jaw. This joint connects the skull to the jawbone. Any injury, or unnecessary wear on this joint will lead to toothache pain when you chew or clicking or popping the jaw when you move it. In addition, this disorder might also be accompanied by face swelling, inflammation of the nerves, tooth grinding and chronic headaches. At times, it results in extreme stiffness, dislocation of the jaw itself, or even lock jaw.
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What Causes TMJD?
There are so many factors to consider that it is almost impossible to pin down the exact cause of TMJ disorders or dysfunction. Sometimes the perceived causes of TMJ include misalignment of the teeth and jaw. In other cases it might be injury to the teeth and jaw. Other factors include stress, poor posture, excessive chewing of gum, teeth grinding, arthritis and many other inflammatory disorders in the musculoskeletal system. The best way to find out where your jaw joint pain is coming from is to consult with our Monroeville dentistry right away.
How is TMJ Diagnosed?
Dr. Carl Medgaus will take a look at your medical history and the symptoms that you are experiencing. He will also ask a variety of questions to verify the cause behind your symptoms. He will perform a physical exam, and take x-rays. All of this information can combine to not only define the underlying cause of your discomfort, but also help determine which treatment will best suit your needs.
If necessary our Monroeville dentist would refer you to an eye, ear, nose and throat (EENT) doctor, an oral and maxillofacial professional or a dentist who specializes in this type of disorder. From there an MRI can also be performed to detect any damage in your joints and these professionals can work together on the best solution.
What is The Dental Treatment For TMJ?
Some of the signs and symptoms of TMJ can be addressed by various home remedies, such as applying ice cold packs to the joint area, taking over-the-counter NSAIDs, avoiding excessive chewing and teeth grinding, eating soft foods, massaging the neck muscle or jaw and performing relaxation techniques. Our dentist in Monroeville and Pittsburgh, PA will usually have patients try these treatments first before taking more invasive action.
In the event that the home remedies are not enough, you might consider dental TMJ treatment. Some of these treatments include using a bite guard, bite adjustments or night guards. These will either work to limit the amount of stress you put on your teeth or prevent you from biting down in the wrong way. Only Medgaus Dental Care can outline which procedure will better suit your condition.
Given the fact that this disorder is quite new, its’ management may require professional assistance. If you wish to know more about TMJD and treatments, do not hesitate to give our dental offices in Monroeville and Pittsburgh, PA a call. We will answer any preliminary questions you might have, get you in touch with the necessary professionals, and help guide you back to a full recovery. You do not have to live with jaw joint pain.
Please contact us at (412) 436-5253 to set up an appointment at our Monroeville Office or call us at (412) 563-6333 to set up an appointment at our Pittsburgh Office.