TMJ, also referred to as TMJ or TMD, is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
It describes problems with the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. The movement of these joints can be felt by placing the fingers on each side of the face, directly in front of your ears, and opening and closing the mouth.
Your TMJ performs a very important function in chewing and speaking. It is also a unique joint that moves as a sliding hinge, unlike any other joint in your body. Because of its unique characteristics, the TMJ can move out of alignment and become inflamed. TMJ inflammation can cause all kinds of other problems like headaches and facial pain that can be severe. There is help for your problems from Dr. Gold's office at New Garden TMJ & Dentistry in Greensboro, NC.
Dr. Gold wants you to know some of the common signs and symptoms of TMJ problems, such as:
- Clicking, popping or locking when you chew or open and close your mouth
- Pain or difficulty when you chew or open your mouth
- Aching facial pain that can radiate to other areas of your face
- Jaw tenderness and pain
- Aching pain in and around your ear
For relief of minor TMJ symptoms, you can try to:
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth
- Avoid chewy, sticky foods and gum
- Eat soft foods
- Take over-the-counter pain relieving medications
- Gently massage your jaw muscles
- Apply moist heat or ice packs to your jaws and face
If you continue to have symptoms or your symptoms become more severe, Dr. Gold is here to help with several professional treatments for TMJ.
He may prescribe muscle relaxants, sedatives or pain medications in addition to these treatments:
- Wearing a custom-made splint or bite guard
- Physical therapy stretching exercises
- Moist heat and ice to the affected areas
- Corticosteroid injections into the jaw joint
In some extreme cases, surgery may be needed to obtain relief. Many surgical treatments can be performed arthroscopically, which is much less invasive than conventional surgery. Ideally, TMJ problems should be treated before they become severe enough to need surgery.
Don’t suffer with TMJ!
Call New Garden TMJ & Dentistry Office in Greensboro, NC at 336-286-1515 and get relief from TMJ symptoms!