TMJ Treatment Beverly Hills
What are TMJ Disorders?
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint are known as TMJ disorders. The joint is a hinge joint which connects a person’s skull to his or her jawbone. This joint can become irritated as can the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding it. The pain and discomfort felt at the joint is usually an indicator that there is a issue with its function or alignment. Typically, the cause is tough to determine because numerous factors can contribute to it such as:
- Teeth clenching
- Teeth grinding, or bruxism
- Jaw injury
Most of the time, pain relievers and mouthguards can assist to ease the discomfort. However, with more serious problems surgery may be necessary.
What Symptoms Are Seen with TMJ Disorders?
The most commonly described symptoms or signs of a TMJ disorder are:
- Throbbing facial pain
- Pain near or in the ear
- Tenderness or pain in jaw joint
- Locking of the joint, causing problematic closing and opening
- Challenging or painful chewing
A grating feeling when moving the jaw or a clicking noise when closing and opening the mouth can also be signs of a problem. When the pain persists even though the patient has taken pain relievers and utilizes the self-care techniques, medical intervention is typically required. People should refer to the doctor right away if it becomes difficult to open and close the mouth to prevent further issues.
What Treatments Are Employed for TMJ Disorders?
Numerous options are employed to treat problems related to TMJ disorders. When the discomfort persists, physical therapy and pain medications are usually prescribed. Customarily, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and sedatives are used to help a person with pain management. Mouthguards can also assist to align the jaw while asleep and can prevent issues associated with teeth clenching or grinding. Injections of pain medication into the joint can be beneficial because they deliver the medicine right to the source.
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The Dental Sedation Center
435 Bedford Drive, Suite 405,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
- Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Friday Closed
- Saturday Closed
- Sunday Closed