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Options to Get TMJ Treated

TMJ disorder, also known as #temporomandibular joint disorder, is a problem that can be pretty difficult to live with. This problem mainly leads to the pain and discomfort in the jawbone and muscles around it. In literal sense, these joints are the hinges which connect lower jaw with the upper skull. It is a pair of joints with one on the either side. The main function of these joints is to support the normal movements of jaw. Any problem with either can lead to serious difficulty in moving the jaw. The joints and muscles related to these joints are not able to do their normal functions in this scenario.


Common symptoms of TMJ disorder

Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder may include:

•Pain and tenderness in the jaw

•Pain in temporomandibular joint

•Aching ear

•Pain in the facial muscles

•Difficulty in opening and/or closing your mouth.


Types of TMJ treatment


Medication is usually combined with #therapeutic or #surgical treatments. The main purpose of medication is to typically control the pain.

•When OTC painkillers are not enough to contain the pain, the dentist may choose to prescribe you Anti-inflammatory drugs which may be quite stronger. Ibuprofen is the type of medications that can be quite helpful in relieving the pain.

•Sometimes, the pain in the TMJ or area around it may be due to muscle depression. Hence, the use of Tricyclic antidepressants can be quite helpful in this regard.


Therapeutic treatments

Regular therapeutic treatments can be quite helpful in treating the issue and the pain associated with the issue.

•According to several reports, mouth guards have been pretty effective in treating the issue as they inhibit the progression of the issue and tend to reduce the pain.

•Another way to treat the issue is to apply extreme temperatures and ultrasound waves. These are the external stimulation techniques which work best when coupled with exercises.

•Another way, which is quite unconventional one, is the counseling. You can talk to your dentist about the condition. If the problem is due to your habit of grinding teeth, you can try to get over the habit and stop the problem from getting worse.


Surgical treatment

When other non-invasive #treatments fail to address the issue, your dentist may choose to go for the surgical options. Some of the most common things that you can do in this regard may include the following.

•Arthrocentesis is based on quite simple concept. This treatment mainly involves insertion of needles in the area in order to remove the food debris and other inflammatory elements.

•In some situations, your dentist may be able to find corticosteroid injections helpful in order to deal with the pain you suffer from.

•Another way to treat the issue is TMJ arthroscopy. This procedure mainly involves use of thin tube which is placed in the jaw joints. Then the surgeons use miniature surgical tools to treat the area.

TMJ disorder is a hard problem to deal with because it is not just the pain which can be the cause of concern. It can impact your lifestyle. Therefore, you need to visit the dentist immediately when you feel the discomfort in the area associated with TMJ.

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Uploaded on October 31, 2018