TMJ or Temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone and the skull. If a person has a habit of clenching and grinding, TMJ can swell and sore, causing jaw pain that connects to the neck area and head and can lead to TMJ disorder or TMJ syndrome. At Saad Smiles Dentistry, we offer TMJ treatment in Livonia and surrounding areas to help people with the problems associated with TMJ disorder.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
When a person is grinding, especially if the teeth are misaligned, it can cause too much pressure and pain on the joint structure. Excessive teeth grinding and clenching can lead to bruxism, and if not treated, it will develop into TMJ syndrome or TMJ disorder. Other causes of TMJ disorder may include joint infection, cancer and bone deformity from birth.
Signs and Symptoms
- Jaw joint pain
- Clicking and popping of the jaw
- Ear pain
- Sore or stiff jaw muscles
- Locking of jaw joint
- Pain in the temple area
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment
- Pain relievers
- Sedatives for bruxism
- Muscle Relaxants
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
Other forms to help you with TMJ syndrome is by having the therapies like:
- Night Guards/Bite Guards/Dental Mouthguards
Bite Guard protects the teeth from clenching and grinding. It is usually made of soft materials and proven to be durable.
- Physical Therapy
The physical therapy to strengthen muscles includes exercising the jaw muscles, moist heat, ultrasound, and ice.
Counseling helps you know the reason, behaviors, and factors affecting your TMJ joint so that you can avoid it.
If TMJ syndrome is found to be severe, you might need surgery:
- Corticosteroid Injections
The procedure is performed by injecting Botox into the jaw muscles.
The procedure is performed with the insertion of needles into the joint muscles to remove inflammation and pain.
- Joint Replacement
If the TMJ is severely damaged and other treatments can’t resolve the pain, a joint replacement will be the best option.
If you are experiencing early signs of TMJ syndrome, better visit a professional to have proper treatment.
Suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder? Contact us at Saad Smiles Dentistry , we offer TMJ treatment in Livonia. For your appointments, call (734) 421-2675. We are located at 8810 Middlebelt Road, Livonia, MI 48150. Our passionate team is ready to serve you.