Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ symptoms may include severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding or clenching of the teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. Many people with TMJ symptoms are unaware that the cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.
The symptoms of TMJ can be debilitating and can interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of a patient is a great concern of my practice, so pain relief is our first consideration. Dr.. Schmid may be able to , diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for Treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is stress. It can lead to grinding (bruxing) and clenching which in turn may lead to pain in many of the muscles around the jaw. Grinding of the teeth is a symptom that is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding can eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the underlying causes in periodontal bone loss and loose teeth.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.
What Does Treating TMJ Involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Stress is the most common, however a bad bite or a tramatic injury could also be the cause. The first step in treatment is to thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take x-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. Many times the symptoms can be relieved by doing a few simple things at home. In some instances a specially molded night guard or splint can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants. I severe cases referral to a specialist may be necessary.
As with any procedure, Dr. Schmid will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.