Many people suffer from issues with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) without having any idea about what the cause of it could be. The TMJ runs from the jawbone to the skull on either side of your head. Different TMJ related disorders can cause disruptive levels of pain and discomfort. The disorders are generally referred to as TMD. For some people, it can be mild levels of pain that comes and goes in seasons. However for others it is debilitating pain that can last for long periods of time. The good news is that TMD is highly treatable and surgery is rarely necessary. TMJ has many different symptoms and is most common in those between the ages of 20 and 40. It is also more common in women than in men. The following symptoms of TMJ include: jaw aches, head/ ear aches, lockjaw, difficulty chewing, swelling, tooth pain, difficulty opening your mouth, and neck or shoulder pain.
Understanding and recognizing some of the causes can help anyone understand what might be happening with their body and the best way they could treat their symptoms. Some of the most common causes of TMD are: grinding teeth, dislocation, arthritis, stress, acute blunt force trauma, and improper bite. Any of those potential causes does not automatically equate to TMD, but if you are experiencing any of the symptoms and can identify with one or more causes, that might be a strong reason to believe you may be dealing with TMD. Any of these causes, or a combination of many, could lead to someone developing TMJ issues.
Perhaps the question we receive the most in regards to temporomandibular joint disorders is when is it the right time to get help for their discomfort. And while there is no exact metric to say what is or is not enough pain to warrant finding treatment. When you decide the pain is persistent enough that you need help, then it is time to see your local dentist for treatment options. This is especially true when you are experiencing difficulty with everyday tasks like eating or speaking due to your symptoms.
Treating TMJ is very possible and your local Peoria dentist can help. Treatment is best done by identifying the causes for the TMJ. There are a wide variety of different treatment options available that are extremely viable. After the dentist is able to identify the causes of your TMJ symptoms, they can implement a personal plan for treatment. Some of the most common forms of treatment include: medication (prescribed or over-the-counter), physical therapy exercises, a mouthguard, injections, or in severe cases surgery could be considered.
Living with TMJ is a difficult reality for as many as possibly 10 million Americans. Fortunately, it is not something that has to be suffered indefinitely. The team at Dental Ben’s has been serving the people of Peoria and beyond for their dental needs with expert care and service. When it comes to issues with the temporomandibular joint, Dental Ben’s has combined decades of experience that you will benefit from the moment you step through the front door. Our team consists of helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly staff members that are dedicated to helping you. If you have questions about managing your TMJ disorder, give us a call at 623-289-9334.