Everything You Need to Know About TMJ
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJ, affects millions of people in the United States every year. While it is very common, many people are unaware of the side effects, symptoms, and treatment options. Here is everything you need to know about TMJ, including TMJ treatment options, signs, and causes.
What Is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction occurs in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. Someone with TMJ may experience pain, discomfort, and soreness in this region. Since this joint is present on both sides of the jaw, individuals may experience TMJ in both joints, while it is more commonly experienced in just one joint.
Causes of TMJ
While the cause of TMJ is not always apparent, TMJ is often associated with an injury to the jaw. Other causes of TMJ can include the following:
- Frequent teeth grinding or clenching
Other causes of TMJ include poor eating habits, poor posture, hormonal changes, and dehydration. Individuals who eat food that is difficult to chew too often can cause their temporomandibular joint to become fatigued, which can lead to TMJ.
While there are many TMJ symptoms. The most common include jaw pain and stiffness, headaches, earaches, toothaches, and difficulty opening or closing your jaw. Another possible sign of TMJ is frequent jaw popping or clicking. Ringing in your ears from time to time may also be a sign of TMJ.
There are numerous TMJ treatments that may help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Options include over-the-counter medication and nonsurgical treatments such as a mouth guard or physical therapy. Speak to your dentist and see which option is the best for you.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Dean Glasser, Dr. Renee Glasser, and our team of experienced healthcare specialists, located in Melville, NY, are dedicated to helping you achieve a life free of pain and discomfort. We know how difficult it can be to experience the symptoms of TMJ, so we want to help you reclaim your best life. If you’re interested in TMJ treatments or have any other questions, give us a call at 631-423-6767 to schedule an appointment.