TMJ AND TMD
The Temporomandibular Joint acts as a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one TMJ on each side of your jaw. TMJ Disorders can cause pain in your jaw and joint.
Becoming aware of tension- related habits such as clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth or chewing pencils will help you reduce the frequency. Eating soft foods cut into small pieces and avoiding chewy food can help. Applying warm or cold compacts to the side of your jaw may also provide some relief.
If a problem with your jaw is suspected, your dentist may recommend dental x-rays to examine your teeth and jaw, CT scan to provide detailed images of the bones involved with the joint, or even an MRI to reveal problems with the joint's disk or surrounding tissues.
Treatment for TMJ Disorders can involve occlusal guards, physical therapy, counseling, surgical procedures, or injections If you have experienced any of symptoms such as discomfort or strain in your jaw, it is worth mentioning at your next dental appointment.
With the necessary treatment, TMJ disorders can be resolved improving quality of sleep, and overall life.