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Temporomandibular joint pain requires a TMJ specialist Los Angeles

TMJ specialist Los Angeles

Temporomandibular joint pain requires a TMJ specialist Los Angeles. TMJ works like a sliding hinge which connects the jawbone to the skull.  There is a joint on every side of a jaw. A TMJ disorder is a type of temporomandibular disorder, also abbreviated as TMD, which may cause pain to the jaw point and over the muscle which controls jaw movement.

It is not easy to ascertain the cause of TMJ disorder. The pain can be the result of different combinations such as jaw injury, arthritis, and genetics.  The people who do have the jaw pain, they may also suffer teeth grinding or teeth clenching.  However, some people grind or clench but who do not develop TMJ disorders. In some cases, the discomfort or pain, which comes about a result of the TMJ disorder may be temporary, and it may be relieved by using the non-surgical treatment or self-managed care. The surgery is only performed as a last resort when conservative care had failed. However, many people who suffer TMJ disorders benefit from surgical options.

The symptoms and signs of TMJ disorders can include:

  • The tenderness and pain of the jaw
  • Pain found in both or one of a temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain around or in the ear
  • Difficulty in chewing or the pain in chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Locking the joint, which makes it difficult to close or to open the mouth

TMJ disorder may also be the results of the clicking sound or grating sensation when you chew, or you open the mouth. If there is no limitation of the movement or pain which is associated with the disorder, then there is no need of getting the TMJ disorder.

When you should see a doctor?

Get medical attention if you suffer persistent pain and tenderness of the jaw if you cannot close or open your jaw.  The TMJ specialist Los Angeles will discuss with you different treatment options after determining the cause.

Causes of TMJ disorder

The temporomandibular joint features the sliding motion with hinge action.  Such parts of the bone which interact on the joints have been covered by the cartilage, and they have been separated by the small shock absorbing disk, which makes the movement smoother.

Risk factors

There are factors which may increase the risk of TMJ disorders. These include:

  • Jaw Injury
  • Long term grinding and clenching of the teeth
  • Different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Specific connective tissue disease does cause the problems which affect the TMJ.

Treatment of TMJ disorder

If you suffer an open locked jaw, then TMJ specialist Los Angeles will sedate you to reach to a comfortable level before the lower jaw gets pushed downward, backward or forwards while the upper jaw gets held in the same place.

The closed, locked jaw also gets treated through sedating up to the time that the patient gets released. The mandible will then be manipulated up to the time the mouth may open.

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