TMJ TREATMENT OR JAW PAIN
Pain, Grinding, Popping or Clicking Sounds When Moving the Jaw, Headaches, Neck, Back or Ear Pain Aches May Indicate TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone and is located on the sides at the base of the skull. This complex joint allows both the sideways and up and down motions that are needed in order to talk or to chew. When there is a problem in this area, it can affect the joint and the muscles around it, causing varying degrees of pain, or tooth damage, in addition to restricting movement of the jaw.
There are numerous factors that are thought to contribute to TMJ disorder including grinding or clenching teeth, injury, arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, infection, hormones, heredity, or ongoing strain to the area. The symptoms may go away after a period of time, or they can be persistent or recurrent.
Who Needs TMJ Treatment?
When you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, it's important to see a dentist for diagnosis and treatment advice, as some TMJ symptoms can severely affect the quality of your life. A dentist can offer many treatment solutions to provide relief- such as occlusal or night guards and/or botox injections to the localized muscles.
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