Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

TMJ or jaw pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control its movement. In this blog, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing jaw pain or headaches, please consult one of our experienced dentists for advice. We are your local family dentist on Moggill road in Indooroopilly.  

Causes of TMJ Disorder

There is no single cause of TMJ disorder, but it can result from several factors, including:

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary from person to person, but may include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, neck, shoulders, or ears
  • Difficulty or discomfort when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when moving the jaw
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Headaches, earaches, or ringing in the ears
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain

Treatment of TMJ Disorder

The treatment for TMJ disorder depends on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Some treatment options may include:

  • Self-care measures: This may include applying heat or ice to the affected area, eating soft foods, and avoiding chewing gum or tough foods.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen may help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed.
  • Dental treatments: In cases where misaligned teeth or bite problems are the cause of TMJ disorder, dental treatments like braces or oral appliances or dental splints, may be recommended. See your Indooroopilly Dentist.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct structural problems in the jaw or TMJ.

Prevention of TMJ Disorder

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent TMJ disorder, some steps you can take to reduce your risk include:

  • Avoiding hard, chewy, or tough foods
  • Maintaining good posture and avoiding clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Reducing stress through relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation
  • Seeking prompt treatment for any injuries or conditions that affect the jaw or TMJ

TMJ disorder is a common condition that can cause a range of symptoms, from pain and tenderness to clicking or locking of the jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist or healthcare provider. With the right treatment and self-care measures, most people with TMJ disorder can find relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Get in touch with our team to discuss your treatment options. If you require any dental treatment or you are grinding or clenching your teeth, discuss with our team about possible dental treatment options or dental splint. We are here to help you, talk to our caring friendly staff on 07 38783384.