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Temporomandibular disorders are conditions that affect your temporomandibular joint, often shortened to just TMJ. There are two of these joints, one located on each side of your face. It’s the link between your jawbone and the temporal bone. It’s most commonly known as the mandible.
The TMJ is utilized every day to help you move your mouth, eat, and speak. This makes the joint one of the most essential ones in your body. Those who suffer from a temporomandibular disorder, also known as a TMD, may find it difficult and painful to perform these common mouth movements.
Temporomandibular disorders are often difficult to diagnose, and their exact cause is hard to identify. When trying to determine the cause of a TMD, many factors are taken in to consideration. These factors include past injuries, genetics, or the presence of other joint conditions.
While finding the cause of temporomandibular disorders can be difficult, it’s easily to treat once found. With medication, splint therapy, and focused care, you can effectively reduce inflammation and pain that are often associated with TMDs.
If you experience sensitivity or pain around your jaw or ear, you can possibly be suffering from TMD. Discomfort while eating can also be a sign pointing towards temporomandibular disorders. Any difficulty opening and closing your mouth or chronic pain can indicate the presences of a TMD.
If you experience these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a medical professional. At Crescent Heights Dental, we will also be able to provide you with treatment to alleviate the symptoms of your TMD.
When it comes to identifying the cause of TMDs, there’s a long list to comb through. It can be caused by:
Sometimes, even the closest examination by a specialist can’t determine the exact cause of TMJ-related discomfort and pain.
The treatment of TMDs involves targeted work on the medial pterygoid and masseter muscles. When you choose us, our dental professional can choose to deal with the issue intraorally instead of working directly on the joint.
We work intraorally by massaging the muscles inside your mouth for approximately 30 seconds so that the muscle starts to release, providing you with much-needed relief. This treatment can also involve stimulating your masseter muscle from the exterior of your mouth.
After treatment, if your discomfort and pain fail to subside then your dental professional may try to massage and loosen up the temporalis. Your dentist may also suggest the use of a temporary appliance that will help separate your teeth, shifting your jaw back into its natural biological position and allowing your muscles to relax.
These techniques combined with medication should provide you with the relief you’ve been seeking. In the case of severe pain, you may have to undergo. However, extreme steps such as surgery are often unnecessary.
Our dental professionals at Crescent Dental can provide you with the relief you need from TMDs using practical and long-lasting solutions. If you suspect that you have a temporomandibular disorder, call us today to schedule an examination.