Noticing frequent joint pain? This could be the beginning of TMJ Syndrome.
What is the TMJ?
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is one of the most used parts of the body. It connects the jaw bone to the temple bone of the skull – just in front of your ear. Each of the joints contain a disc (cartilage) that prevents the surface of the bones from wearing while also acting as a shock absorber for the joint. There is one located on each side of the face. This joint gets used every moment of the day – talking, breathing, eating and drinking.
What is TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ syndrome refers to the condition where inflammation occurs at the joint. Sometimes it can be a combination of symptoms that can cause TMJ Syndrome making it difficult to diagnose. Some of these symptoms include:
- Pain when chewing
- Teeth grinding
- Popping of the jaw
- Sore jaws
- Ringing sound in ears
Due to various symptoms of TMJ syndrome, many patients are unaware that it’s occurring until further damage has occurred which can possibly result in surgery.
Treatment of TMJ Syndrome
Since there are various symptoms for TMJ Syndrome, there are also various options available for the effective treatment of TMJ syndrome. It is always best to get treatment as soon as the issue arises as early treatment can often be key to prevent any further damage from occurring. Treatment options can include:
- Applying an ice pack – It sounds very basic but applying ice as soon as the pain is noticed can help to relieve the pain while also providing a bit of relief.
- Jaw exercise – Your dentist or doctor can prescribe a set of exercise that will help relieve the pain from TMJ Syndrome
- Rest and Reduce Stress – TMJ and stress are linked in many ways and is one of the main symptoms. Relaxing and getting enough sleep can often be all that is required for effective treatment of TMJ Syndrome.
- Mouth guards – These can help to prevent teeth grinding (which is a symptom of TMJ Syndrome).
If you are wanting an effective treatment for TMJ Syndrome or wanting to know about our treatment options, contact our experienced team today.