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What is TMJ Disorder and How to Treat IT?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Are you suffering from a headache upon waking up in the morning? Does the pain run from your head to your neck and shoulders? If you are experiencing this pain on a daily basis, you may have a TMJ disorder. These manifestations can be brought about by a dental problem. Misaligned teeth or jaw, an injury, severe teeth grinding and arthritis are factors that can result in TMJ syndrome. Anything that can cause too much pressure on the nerves and muscles that surround your tempomandibular joint can cause migraines and facial pain.

TMJ disorder can also lead to broken teeth which causes severe toothaches. In order to ease the pain, see a dental practitioner to provide the right treatment. Commonly, customized dental splints are applied that precisely fit the patient's upper and lower teeth. Dental splints are orthodontic devices that can stabilize loose teeth and protect them from further damage. The device will prevent the patient from grinding or clenching their teeth repeatedly during the night.

There are other treatment options offered for treating TMJ which include using steroids to relieve the inflammation. In worst cases, dental surgery is recommended to fully treat the disorder. If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.