TMJ Disorders and What You Should Know About Them
TMJ disorders are conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. This joint is considered one of the body’s most complex joints and must slide and pivot smoothly in order to function properly. When anything goes wrong in this region, the joint can be affected, which can lead to dysfunction, discomfort, and pain. Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, can help.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
• Pain when opening the mouth
• The jaw locking in an open or closed position
• Earaches, headaches, neck pain, or facial pain
• Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds or sensations in the jaw
• A shift in dental alignment, bruxism, or worn teeth
Many treatments are available. Dr. Frame will work with you to identify any underlying causes of your TMJ disorder and to develop a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and improve jaw function. In many cases, conservative treatments are sufficient to promote healing. You may need to use warm compresses or cold packs, take anti-inflammatory medications, or eat a soft diet. Physical therapy can be helpful for many patients, and some will also benefit from cortisone shots or oral splints.
TMJ disorder can significantly interfere with your life, keep you from eating a healthy diet, and cause significant pain and discomfort, but you do not have to suffer. Treatment is available. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in TMJ in Santa Clara.
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