TMJ Disorder Treatment Fort Lauderdale
TMJ Can Be Solved
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is a certain kind of disorder that causes pain in the jaw joint as well as the muscles that control the movements of one’s jaws. With such a disorder, one’s jaw joint functioning becomes uncomfortable and is accompanied by painful symptoms that can vary in degree. If left unattended, TMJ disorders can cause a range of nasty effects, such as cracked teeth and others.
What causes TMJ dysfunction?
In the majority of situations, a TMJ disorder will arise from stress or misalignment. There are additional factors as well that can lead to a TMJ dysfunction. Keep in mind that stress, on its own, will not cause a disorder, but it can exacerbate it.
Dental misalignment is known to be one of the main reason reasons behind a TMJ disorder. In some cases, injury or arthritis can also contribute to a TMJ disorder.
What are the main signs of TMJ disorders?
A patient that has TMJ disorders is bound to experience a range of symptoms with the main being:
Clenching and grinding
The hallmark symptoms of TMJ disorders are clenching and grinding of the jaw. These symptoms are mainly more severe when one is stressed out, and they tend to occur mostly during sleep.
Facial pain and headaches
When one has TMJ disorders that they don’t know of yet, they may experience tenderness or pain in their chin, jaws, neck, and shoulders. It’s also common for such patients to experiences frequent headaches.
Patients often experience some problem opening their mouths. They may feel a locking sensation and/or experience limited movement when they try to open their jaws.
While it’s normal for jaws to make some sound from time to time, in the event of TMJ disorders, these pops and clicks will increase in volume or frequency. In the majority of situations, these sounds will often be accompanied by a grinding feeling.
How can you prevent TMJ disorder symptoms from worsening?
To keep TMJ disorder symptoms in control, there are a number of things that you can do such as:
Stress is the main factor behind aggravated TMJ disorder symptoms. A lot of patients find relief when they use stress management or relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
Proper posture and stretching
You should make the point of carefully massaging and stretching the muscles around the jaws to help them relax. Keep in mind that poor posture, a stiff neck, and tight shoulders can contribute to more severe symptoms.
Avoid chewing gum
If you chew gum a lot, you will cause pressure to the already-inflamed muscles, which will further worsen the problem. You might also want to eat softer food.
What treatment options are applicable for TMJ disorders?
A range of treatments come in handy when treating TMJ disorders. The perfect treatment option will vary depending on the nature of the disorder. The following are the main treatments used for TMJ disorders:
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to remove damaged tissue that is within the jaw joint. In case of more severe damage, total joint replacement may be required.
Orthodontics and restorative dentistry
In case of substantial misalignment, a patient may have to use Invisalign®, braces, or a different kind of corrective orthodontic procedure.
These are also known as dental splints, occlusal splints, or bite guards. These appliances are worn during sleep, and their main function is to prevent teeth from grinding while also improving alignment.
Injections and medication
There are cases where some patients respond positively to steroid injections or BOTOX® therapy or steroid injections. In such cases, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxers, and other kinds of depressants can also come in handy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is tmj disorder treatment?
Tmj disorder treatment can include surgery to repair or release affected TMD joints, medications like painkillers and anti-inflammatories for symptoms like headaches, glasses for blurred vision due to eye strain, mouth guards to protect teeth during sleep, tmj headgear which is designed to reduce the symptoms of clenching or grinding of the teeth (bruxism) by limiting mouth opening.
Special exercises called orofacial myofunctional therapy can be used to strengthen muscles in the face, particularly those around the mouth and jaw, while biting down on a specially designed laboratory device known as a biofeedback unit or biting machine which is used for muscle re-education. This helps patients get away from bad habits like clenching teeth during sleep, grinding them in stressful situations, or when they are unaware of it.
Patients can wear a device that works like retainers for the teeth to prevent teeth from moving back into their previous position after they have been moved by TMD treatment methods.
This is because in some cases patients go one step forward in the desire to relieve pain and end up with different discomfort in the new joint - so doctors sometimes need to move the joint again, if not during one appointment than during another.
Tmj disorder treatment options exist even for children which is why orofacial myofunctional therapy exists for them too - but modified according to age and level of development of children, since this disorder is something that happens over time. There are versions of the biofeedback unit intended for children, which are designed to be safer even if they are bitten down on.
Tmj treatment time how long?
This is a question which cannot be answered with absolute certainty because there are many variables. The length of treatment for Tmj is based on the severity and type of the condition, the age and health of the person, what has been tried before, what else can be tried, and so on. The patient's past history is also taken into account in order to determine how long to have them work with a dentist. I would recommend that you speak to your dentist about your specific situation. There are some general guidelines for some conditions. For example, Tmj treatments for adults are often short-term because the condition usually resolves on its own as people age. Patients whose Tmj is caused by bruxism are more likely to have long-term treatment since this tends to continue throughout life.
Our Customer Reviews
"Best dentist and best dental hygienist I have ever worked with in my entire life! They are professional, patient, and for the first time in years I am comfortable going back to the dentist. Outstanding experience and I highly recommend their office to everyone!"