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Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder? Here’s What You Should Do

If you’ve ever felt clicking or popping in your jaw, you might have considered it more of an annoyance than something to see a doctor about. However, these subtle symptoms could be a sign of an underlying disorder in your temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJD. This joint is responsible for facilitating movement in the jaw and speaking. When the joint or cartilage inside of it is damaged or moved outside of its proper alignment, the symptoms can become very uncomfortable and painful. They might include:

  • A clicking or popping sound when opening and closing the mouth
  • The grating of the jaw when opening or closing it
  • Pain in either or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Pain that radiates around the ear or into the face
  • Difficulty chewing
  • A jaw that locks in place

If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible that you could be suffering from TMJ Disorder. So what should you do about it?

GET A PROPER DIAGNOSIS

Anytime you are in persistent pain or notice changes to your body that you are concerned about, you should see a health care professional. When it comes to TMJ Disorder, getting a diagnosis means visiting our office (LA dentist) is the first step in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

Our dental team will conduct a physical exam to evaluate your jaw’s range of motion and listen to the sounds your jaw makes when opening and closing. You will also be checked for tender areas around the jaw. In some cases, diagnostic imaging, such as dental x-rays, may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis and rule out any other conditions that could be contributing to your discomfort. Based on the results of your exam, we will determine if TMJ Disorder is present, and the course of treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

 

GET TREATMENT

Treatment for TMJ Disorder can vary from lifestyle changes to surgical intervention. The goal is to treat this condition in the most conservative, yet effective way possible. Each person’s treatment is personalized to fit their individual needs based on the severity of their symptoms and their cause.  A typical prescription for TMJ Disorder treatment could include:

  • The use of oral devices (splints) to prevent nighttime clenching and grinding
  • The replacement of missing teeth that are contributing to jaw imbalance
  • Corrective treatments for a misaligned bite
  • Medications to help relieve muscle tension and reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Corrective jaw exercises

Surgery

If you think you might be suffering from the temporomandibular joint disorder, don’t wait to get the help you need. TMJ Disorder symptoms can worsen over time, making them more difficult to treat. Contact our team to schedule an appointment with an LA TMJ dentist and begin the path to a pain-free lifestyle.

 

Disclaimer: Every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

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