Temporomandibular Joint Disorders or TMJ disorder refer to pain and discomfort occurring within the jaw, the jaw joints and the surrounding muscle. Many people refuse to get TMJ treatment simply because they do not understand what the disorder is and how it can affect their health.
Many believe that a locked jaw is the only issue brought about by TMJ but that is not the case at all. TMJ can be brought about by a dislocated joint in the jaw, by osteoarthritis or even by injury to the jaw joint.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- If your jaw locks shut or if it locks open then you are in immediate need of medical TMJ treatment. A qualified dentist will “reset” the joint so you can properly move your jaw up and down again without the ball and socket misaligning.
- A clicking sound when opening or shutting the mouth indicates that some of the bones in your jaw may be damaged or dislocated and will need to be addressed.
- Pain or tenderness in the face, particularly around the jaw line close to the ear are symptoms although pain may also spread out to the neck and shoulders.
- Tinnitus – a buzzing or ringing sound in the ear – is also a sign of TMJ disorder, particularly if the patient hears this sound on a regular basis. This is because the jaws and ears are closely connected.
- One of the most common procedures that we may perform is to reset the bones in your jaw. Most TMJ issues are caused by dislocated joints and by placing them back where they belong will resolve the issue, although there is still the need to treat for pain, swelling and possible complications.
- Dr. Afzali may also advise you to wear a mouth guard or to take muscle relaxants before going to bed.
- Low level laser therapy may also be conducted to reduce intense swelling in areas where the jaw was dislocated or where the muscles had a severe reaction to the pain.
Keep in mind that TMJ can cover a wide range of issues so do not hesitate to call a doctor when you feel pain or discomfort around the jaw, ears, neck and shoulders as you may need immediate TMJ treatment.
When in need of TMJ treatment you may call Lifetime Dental in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 483-0812 for inquiries or to schedule an appointment with Dr. M. Azadeh Afzali.