If you experience chronic jaw pain and it makes it difficult to bite or chew, it’s crucial to seek professional help. Without intervention and treatment, your symptoms might get worse. At Bogota Dental Center, the team of expert dentists offers an array of options to diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) to residents of Bergen County, Passaic County, Bogota and Totowa, New Jersey. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling one online today.
TMJ is an abbreviation used to describe the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the mandible (jawbone) to the bones on the side of your head, which are called the temporal bones. These flexible joints allow the jaw to move up, down and sideways, as well as back and forth. TMJ syndrome or disorder occurs when the function of the joint is affected.
The most common symptom of TMJ disorder is pain in the area of the joint. The muscles in the area may also become sore or tense. Sometimes the pain radiates to the face, jaw, or neck. Jaw muscle stiffness may occur.
TMJ may limit the movement of the jaw or cause the jaws to lock. Some people report a clicking, popping, or grating sound when the mouth is opened or closed. TMJ may also cause a change in the way the teeth fit together. Some people with TMJ report headaches that go away when the problem is treated.
In many cases, the actual cause of TMJ is unknown. Women seem to be more likely to develop TMJ than men, although no one knows why.
For many people, TMJ gradually develops over a period of time without an injury or other obvious cause. However, trauma to the jaw itself or to the TMJ joint may cause TMJ in some cases. Research does indicate that simply having a bad bite (like an overbite) doesn't result in TMJ.
Treatments for TMJ vary widely, and dental experts typically recommend conservative treatments. Self-care includes avoiding hard foods and excessive jaw movements (like chewing gum), stress reduction techniques, and exercises to stretch and relax your jaw muscles.
If conservative, at-home treatments don’t provide relief, the team might recommend a simple injection. When administered by a professional, injections help reduce tension on your TMJ joints and provide relief that lasts for 3-4 months*.
A combination of injections and activity modification can reduce inflammation and make daily activities like biting and chewing much easier.
If you’re experiencing chronic jaw pain due to TMJ, make an appointment at Bogota Dental Center by calling the nearest office or booking online today.