Everything you need to know about TMJ

TMJ symptoms list

TMJ disorders, more precisely known as disorders of the temporomandibular joints, are a common dental issue that can be treated and Peoria dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman has just the thing.

What are temporomandibular joints?

TMJ are the joints and jaw muscles, located on the sides of the head, that allow you to open and close your mouth. These joints, muscles and ligaments work together when you chew, speak or swallow. They also control the movement of your lower jaw.

What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

Symptoms can be jaw or tooth pain, difficulty opening your mouth, popping and clicking noises, headaches, pain under your eyes, as well as subtle pain down the neck and shoulder area.

What causes TMJ disorders?

Arthritis, jaw dislocation, an injury, tooth and jaw alignment as well as stress and teeth grinding can negatively affect this complex system of muscles, ligaments, and joints from working properly and may result in a painful TMJ disorder.

What treatments are available?

Depending on the suspected cause of the TMJ disorder, the suggested treatments may be:

  • eating softer foods
  • avoiding chewing gum or biting your nails
  • relieving pain with heat packs
  • practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation
  • exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • prescribing medications such as muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • the use of a mouth guard to stop clenching or grinding of teeth during the night.

If you think you may be suffering from a TMJ associated disorder, Peoria dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman, will have his office staff schedule a dental examination for you during which he will check your joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving.

Once the source of the problem is understood, Dr. Cooperman will explain the best treatment to follow.

Call our office to set up an appointment to begin finding relief from TMJ associated pain: (623) 289-9334

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