The Symptoms and Treatments of TMJ
What is TMJ?
All of us know just how terrible it is to discover pain or discomfort in our mouth or jaw region. Pains in these areas are notorious for being extremely irritating, for feeling worse than injuries to other places on our bodies, and for causing significant inconveniences to our days. For many cases, these pains either heal on their own or are easily remedied with some quick dental work and prescriptions. Still, some cases are more complicated, and they can cause serious issues for those suffering from them.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a condition affecting the jaw, and these cases can be very frustrating for those suffering from the dysfunction. TMJ causes sufferers to experience issues like popping sounds when they open or close their mouths, pain or swelling in their jaw muscles, having issues where their jaw locks, and having pain in areas around their face and head. This condition is one that can be very serious, depending on the case, and it can greatly affect the life of the sufferer by making it hard for them to function daily. Luckily, there are treatments for this condition, many of which can be dealt with at your dental office with your dentist by your side.
How Do You Treat TMJ?
TMJ is a condition that will need to be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. Often, your dentist can assist you with these treatments. First, TMJ must be diagnosed. Your dentist will ask you questions about your pain, will watch and listen to you open and close your jaw, will do a physical examination, and may even take X-rays of your jaw. Once your dentist is sure you have TMJ and not another issue, they can begin your treatment.
Dentists can start with prescribing medication to you to help ease your pain and inflammation. This is not a fix-all cure, but it can help ease the discomfort some suffers experience. Dentists may then recommend their patients invest in mouth guards of physical therapy to help with long-term effects. Both of these options can help a sufferer deal with their condition for the rest of their lives and allow them the chance to have a normal life once more. The third option for those who have serious cases is surgery or other “invasive” treatments. These surgeries and other treatments often look to help the joints in the jaw be less strained or damaged, which can help with TMJ symptoms.
Talk with your dentist to see what option may be best for you, as not every option is the best for each patient.
Del Mar, California Dentist Ready to Help You
If you are suffering from issues like TMJ or any other issues involving your dental health, call the Del Mar dental office of Curtis L. Chan, D.D.S. The team at Curtis Chan’s office can help you with all of your dental needs and questions, from simple cleanings to help you with issues like tooth or jaw pain. Call our San Diego office today to see what services we might be able to provide you at (858) 481-9090.
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