Can TMJ Pain Be Treated?
Nobody wants a smile that makes it hard to either open your jaw or turn your head. If you are suffering from TMJ pain, you may have a hard time opening your jaw. Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) is pain that occurs on the jaw joint.
Contributing Factors to TMJ
Nobody knows the real cause of TMJ dysfunction, but TMJ creates other symptoms such as:
- A jaw that locks when opening or closing
- A clicking sound when opening or closing the jaw
- Swelling around the jaw, neck or face
- Aches and pain in or around the ears
Alongside TMJ, you may have a habit of clenching and grinding teeth at night. You should get a dental checkup if you have TMJ pain so that you can rule out bruxism, which is the scientific name for grinding teeth. Treatment includes the NTI Tension Suppression System. This method has a tremendous success rate, and it uses an oral appliance, which is created based on the exact measurement of your mouth and is a perfect fit.
The NTI-TSS mouth guard is very unobtrusive and easily snaps onto your bottom or front top teeth. Its function is to reduce the stress put on your tooth enamel and TMJ. Clenching and grinding teeth aggravate any existing TMJ issues and maybe a cause of the problems. Grinding and clenching teeth wear down your teeth’s permanent enamel.
Don’t Settle For Pain
You might not want to seek medical attention, hoping the TMJ dysfunction will go away on its own. Unlike gum disease and tooth decay, it does not put your health at risk, but can progressively get worse. When suffering from extreme stress, you are more likely to clench or grind your teeth. Stress is the top cause of bruxism, and your jaw pain can cause many sleepless nights. Your body responds to lack of sleep by producing more stress hormones, and the cycle of stress, sleepless nights and jaw pain continues.
Consideration of Other Factors with TMJ
TMJ dysfunction is not life threatening, but it is associated with a more severe condition. Seeing a doctor for treatment of TMJ pain may lead to a discovery of a more serious underlying issue such as:
- Poor Bite Alignment: This involves how your upper and lower teeth fit. Poor alignment can affect your chewing and posture.
- Crooked Teeth: Teeth sometimes overlap, which makes it difficult to maintain proper oral health. This increases one’s risks to gum disease and tooth decay.
- Sleep Apnea: This condition is marked by snores. Not everyone with sleep apnea is a snorer. Sleep apnea, unlike TMJ function, can result in a fatality. TMJ dysfunction disrupts your life and robs you of much needed sleep.
Dentists at Real Smile use the latest technological advancements in dental care. We treat patients with full mouth rehabilitation, and we have achieved consistent customer satisfaction for the past 20 years. We deal with misaligned jaws and other types of dental issues. We offer dental cleaning services and oral examinations that help you steer clear of dental infections. Call us today and book an appointment with us.