If you are dealing with severe jaw pain or pain in your head and neck, there is a possibility that you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder also known as TMJ or TMD. The joint that holds your top and bottom jaws together is the temporomandibular joint. Nearly one third of the country’s adult population suffers from this malady. More women than men seem to be affected with it manifesting as severe headaches. This pain is not usually localized to one area though it originates in the hinge and surrounding tissues. Without general dental care, it can also show up in the neck and shoulders as well as different areas of the head.
Stress is a common cause of the disorder. When a person tends to clench the teeth often or grinds their teeth while sleeping, it puts additional pressure on the temporomandibular joint. These added stresses on the joint cause it to become fatigued and pain results. Treatment for the disorder can be very successful. The type of treatment depends on the extent of the problem. Mild cases may be resolved with no interventions at all. Sometimes the problem goes away on its own. Other people may need to be taught simple exercises they can do to eliminate the pain. Severe cases require more extensive interventions. There are appliances that can be used to help reduce pain and dental night guards are often prescribed to stop grinding the teeth while sleeping.
Get an Accurate Diagnosis
Relief for the discomfort caused by TMD begins with an accurate diagnosis. When you come to Pearl Dental Care for help, you will be asked questions and tested to find out if TMJ is the problem and to what extent the disorder is present. If you find the over-the-counter medications are not enough to alleviate your pain, contact Pearl Dental Care today. Proper diagnosis is the first step in treating the disorder.