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Overview Of TMJ

The temporomadibular joint (TMJ) is the joint connecting jawbone to the skull. It is placed in the front of the ear on the either side of the head. Any discomfort can cause severe pain.

Its significance is that; it allows smooth, painless movement, and cushions the bones hence enabling to chew and making different facial expressions.

Signs That You’re Having TMG Disorder:

  • Chronic pain or any other types of discomfort in your jaw.
  • Jaw clacking and popping.
  • Tremendous ear pain.
  • Patient can hear popping sounds in the ear.
  • Temple area may start to pain.
  • Locking of jaw joint and causing headache.
  • Muscle pains especially the jaw muscles.

If the pain is intense after you wake up from sleep, it could be symptom of teeth clenching, or teeth grinding; this can create muscle pain the gum. But this can be prevented if you wear occlusal night guard, which is used in the mouth to prevent clenching and grinding.

TMJ Symptoms Can Be Classified Into Three Sub Categories:

  • Myofacial pain, here the muscles which involves in mastication gets affected.
  • Internal derangement of the joint in which abnormal displacement of the disc can cause tremendous pain.
  • Joint diseases or Osteoarthritis

If the pain can be classified then it will help doctors to provide effective treatment. Dentists are trained in neuromuscular dentistry, primary care physicians, and otolaryngologists.

What Can Cause TMG Disorder?

There can be so many factors that can stiffen your jaw muscles and you can feel the pain:

  • Poor posture.
  • Misalignment or disturbance to teeth or jaw.
  • Stress and depression.
  • Excessive chewing of gums.
  • Braces and
  • Musculoskeletal disorder.

How Are TMJ Disorder Treated?

TMJ arthroscopy is used at times to diagnose TMJ disorder. A small thin tube is inserted inside the joint space, along with small camera to get a proper view of the area of the portion and treat accordingly.

Sometimes the pain goes away without treatment, but if it persist then certain options needs to be adopted.

Pain relievers and anti inflammatory– Non- steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) are used to treat the pain.

Muscle relaxants– This is used for several months to heal the pain who are suffering from TMJ disorder.

Experts strongly recommend for conservative and reversible treatment.

Conservative treatment is the way you stay conscious so that the pain does not get worse.

  • Avoiding extreme jaw movements, relaxing and reducing stress.
  • Eating soft foods.
  • Applying ice packs.
  • Practicing stretching and relaxing exercise that may reduce the stiffness in your jaw.

Other types of treatment like surgery can be an effective for treating TMJ disorder. Not always you need surgery but if it becomes necessary then doctor will prescribe you.

Implants – Surgical implants by placing artificial implants can cause damage. This is not at all a very good idea, so try to avoid it.

If the pain gets too intense try not to leave it like that, instead come and fix an appointment with Affordable Dentist near Me, Fort Worth.

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Akil Allen
Akil Allen
If you like your teeth and mouth do not go here. At one point they were good. As expansion happened and cost went up everywhere, I feel as if they forgot about the people sitting in the seats paying for the service. When you pay for a dental implant you expect that it stays in. That is why you spent money on it. Needless to say that it did not work and somehow did not work. They had to fix and replace the tooth. Then it happened again. At this point it was not worth them messing up again, but after seeing a new dentist they said it would be best that whoever messed it should fix it. Now back here, they said they had to remove the original implant and let the gum heal before putting in a new one. The pain experienced at this next visit lasted almost a week and no it was a horrible experience. The dentist who was working on my mouth started talking about lunch and just left me to be closed by someone else. No next steps and I had to call in to get a prescription for the pain. After it “healed” no more pain, I went back because something didn’t feel right. They told me there may be some infection and take some antibiotics. Now on the day before my visit I was surprised by a implant coming out on it own.
May 09, 2024
Johnathan Livingston
Johnathan Livingston
Hello all! So short story time! These guys are awesome. I was able to come in when I needed the most help and get things done quickly. Every single staff member did a great job, and I really enjoyed having dr. C .Nguyen as my dentist. Also Paulette at the front was awesome to. I do highly recommend these people if your looking for reasonable and professional dentist. Financing is awesome available. Thanks again!
Feb 28, 2024
Paulina S.
Paulina S.
So to start off I'm not happy about going to the dentist due to high prices and insurance not always working when it needs to, however, when I came to this dentist office I was so relieved. Yes the prices are high (all dental places are) BUT they have payment plans and work with you to try and help you find the best pricing for you. I had an outrageous amount of work needed to be done and the front desk girl PAULETTE was an absolute angel with helping me out. Everyone was super nice and very efficient! I got my new patient consultation and a root canal done in the same day! Will definitely be coming back!
Mar 01, 2024
Elizabeth Almaraz
Elizabeth Almaraz
Exceptional customer experience with Claudia Perez. She was so polite and explained everything to me thoroughly. Was so much help and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend this place and if you have Claudia helping you it'll be a great experience.
Apr 01, 2024
Zack E
Zack E
Absolutely phenomenal experience. I had the honor to have Carolina! From the moment I stepped in, I was greeted with warmth and professionalism. The staff went above and beyond to ensure my comfort and ease throughout my visit. The waiting area was inviting and calming, which helped alleviate any pre-appointment nerves.
Feb 09, 2024

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