Effective TMJ Treatment for Significant Relief
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The Temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ or the jaw joint, connects the lower jaw (the mandible) to the skull right at the temporal bone. They are small joints that have a very important function, the opening and closing of the mouth. Because of the TMJ, people can talk, eat, and swallow.
As a result, problems with the TMJ can be devastating. The general classification for these disorders is TMJ disorder or TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders). Patients may feel discomfort while chewing, talking, or using the joint in any other way. Any problems with the joint should be brought up with a general dentistry professional.
TMD can be caused by stress, teeth clenching, or grinding teeth while sleeping. Some of the symptoms of TMD include:
- Discomfort while opening or closing the mouth
- Trouble chewing
- Jaw becoming stuck open or closed
- Headaches, especially in the temporal region, or earaches
- A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Grinding of the teeth
Treating Jaw Discomfort
TMD is not a completely understood condition and many of the symptoms can be attributed to other health conditions. It’s important to see a general dentistry professional, such as Dr. Corsello in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to evaluate if the symptoms can be attributed to TMD. Some of the symptoms, like teeth grinding, are especially problematic because they can cause damage to the teeth. Prolonged grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose sensitive dentin, which is more susceptible to decay. It may also cause a higher sensitivity to hot and cold materials.
Dr. Corsello can evaluate these symptoms and accordingly create a TMJ disorder treatment plan. Hot or cold compresses can give temporary relief while a night guard can be used to protect the teeth from clenching or grinding at night. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
If you experience discomfort in your jaw joint, call Northland Dental Medicine right away. Dr. Corsello is highly trained and has over 25 years of experience identifying and diagnosing TMJ problems. Trust Pittsburgh’s local dentist for a better smile.
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