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About TMJ Disorder

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ Disorder- A Brief Introduction

Do you have pain in your facial jaw muscles? Do your ears pain while you speak? You might have TMJ disorder that can result in physical stress as well. Let us know what TMJ disorder is, cause of TMJ disorder, risk factors, and the recommended treatments for TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ?

TMJ or Temporomandibular joint syndrome, is a kind of disorder in the nerves and the jaw muscles caused by injury to the temporomandibular joint. The disease is called temporomandibular joint disorder or (TMJD).

The joint is the link between the skull to the jawbone. The injured temporomandibular joint usually results in pain with clicking, chewing, and popping of the jaw; nerve inflammation, swelling on both sides of the face, tooth grinding, headaches, and sometimes dislocation of the muscle joint.

Risk factors associated with TMJ syndrome

Here are some of the risk factors for TMJ syndrome:

  • Poor posture in the upper back muscles and neck, which can result in neck and back strains and create abnormalities in the functioning of jaw muscle.
  • Anxiety can result in jaw clenching and muscle tension.
  • Women between 18 and 44 years have increased risk for TMJ syndrome.
  • Individuals having painful musculoskeletal conditions or inflammatory disorders have increased chances of risk.
  • Patients with improperly positioned teeth or jaw trauma are more susceptible to TMJ syndrome.
  • Patients with a genetic predisposition to increased stress responses and pain sensitivity.

What causes TMJ syndrome?

There are several causes of TMJ syndrome, which may not be completely understood by most people. Several factors add to the tightness and dysfunction of muscles that indicates this condition. It is not clearly known whether these causes can directly result in TMJ syndrome. Some of the causes may include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Misalignment of teeth or jaw
  • Improper posture
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis disorder
  • Excessive habit of gum chewing

How to treat TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder has become a common problem and dentists strongly recommend the most conservative treatments possible. Conservative treatments are temporary and do not cause any type of harm to the patients, giving comfort to patients.

Pain Medications

For most patients suffering from TMJ disorders, short-term considering anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen can provide instant and temporary relief from jaw pain.

Irreversible treatments

Surgery and Implants are some of the treatments, which may cause severe pain and permanent jaw damage.

If you are going through TMJ disorder then you are recommended to first consider self-care practices, then a conservative treatment or you can also consider pain medications.

Who is the best candidate?

People showing from one of the following symptoms are ideal candidates for TMJ disorder treatment: -Pain or tenderness in face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders. -Problems when you try to open mouth wide. -Difficulty in chewing. -Locking of the joint.

Side effects:

Side effects of TMJ disorder treatment may include pain and swelling.

What is the Cost?

TMJ disorder surgery may cost between $3000 and $6000.

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