Issues with the TMJ or the temporomandibular joints can sometimes be very disorienting and painful. This is why treating TMJ issues is among the most important oral issues. The TMJs are the joints that join the jaw and the skull. These joints are necessary for such activities as chewing, swallowing, and other jaw movements.
TMJ issues result from injury, diseases like arthritis, trauma, wear and tear, an improper bite, or inflammation. Most people try to deal with TMJ issues with over-the-counter medication. At Dworkin Dental, we provide a comprehensive assessment and proper treatment of TMJ issues.
There is a wide range of TMJ disorders depending on their causes and the extent to which they affect the temporomandibular joints. Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
A lot goes into the treatment and management of TMJ issues. Medication is one of the most common treatment options, including prescribed anti-inflammatories and painkillers. These are short-term solutions that are mainly focused on dealing with the pain.
Antidepressants are another medication category and focus on a wide range of associated issues, including the control of bruxism, pain relief, and sleeplessness. The discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can also be handled using muscle relaxant medication, especially in cases involving muscle spasms.
Many other TMJ management options improve quality of life. For instance, custom-made mouthguards have been known to avert direct contact between the upper and lower teeth. They help reduce the effects of clenching and grinding of teeth and might help align the teeth to their correct position. If the conservative management and treatment options do not help, then a more permanent solution could be surgery.
If you think you have TMJ disorder, contact us today. Our dentists at Dworkin Dental in Milford, CT will evaluate your TMJ condition and provide an apt treatment plan.