May 12, 2016
TMJ is a common condition that produces a wide range of symptoms. When the joint that connects the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint) functions improperly, it can cause serious pain and discomfort. Not to mention, the lack of proper mobility of the joint can begin to cause everyday tasks, like eating, to become more challenging. However, with TMJ therapy in Pomona, we will help relieve the discomfit caused by the condition to help you increase the mobility of the jaw while easing symptoms. As your New City dentist, we have everything you need to know about TMJ therapy.
Causes of TMJ
Disorders to the joint can occur for many reasons. Most often, TMJ disorders are a result of an injury to the joint or muscles of the head and neck. However, TMJ can also be caused from grinding and clenching the teeth because it causes extra pressure on the joint. For those who have arthritis or have experienced movement of the soft cushion or disk in the ball and socket of the joint, the condition can develop. Stress is also known to lead to the condition because stress often causes the facial and jaw muscles to become tense.
Symptoms of TMJ
The symptoms of the condition are diverse and can range in severity. Most often, TMJ causes the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders to become painful and tender. Often, you’ll have difficulty opening and closing the jaw, which can even lock into an open or closed position. When the jaw is opened or closed, many hear a clicking, popping, or grating noise. It’s not uncommon for the face to feel tired or develop difficulty chewing as the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly.
The symptoms of the condition extend beyond just difficulties with the joint. Overtime, you may begin to experience toothaches, headaches, and earaches. Others report to have upper shoulder pain, tinnitus, and even dizziness.
TMJ can be diagnosed by your dentist in Pomona to begin treatment. Your dentist will check the movement of your jaw while checking your bite. Diagnostic images, like x-rays, may be taken to look at the joints and teeth to allow for potential issues to be ruled out. We use a T-Scan to have a comprehensive analysis of your jaw to allow us to develop your ideal bite for treatment.
TMJ Therapy in Pomona
Treating TMJ is fairly simple. For those who have a very mild case of the condition, home exercises are often beneficial. These exercises will help increase the flexibility and function of the joint to ease the symptoms. For others, an oral appliance may be needed to maintain a proper bite while also reducing the pressure placed on the joint. In some cases, we may recommend the back teeth are built up using a composite resin to realign your bite.
We proudly offer TMJ therapy in Pomona to help relieve the discomfort of TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ, call your trusted dentist in Pomona today at (845) 245-6192.
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