TMJ Treatment in Provo
TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that affects the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is responsible for the movement of your jaw, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.
When the TMJ is damaged or not functioning properly, it can cause a variety of symptoms.
The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint or muscles around the jaw
Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth
Locking of the jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth
Aching pain in and around the ear
Headaches or neck pain
Changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to call our office for proper diagnosis and treatment. We will perform a thorough exam of your jaw, teeth, and muscles, and may take x-rays or other imaging tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Treatment for TMJ disorder depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause of the problem. In mild cases, self-care measures such as eating soft foods, applying heat or ice to the affected area, and avoiding excessive jaw movement may be recommended. Physical therapy or exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles may also be helpful.
In more severe cases, our dentist may recommend a custom-fitted oral appliance to help relieve pressure on the jaw joint and improve jaw alignment. Medications such as muscle relaxants or pain relievers may also be prescribed. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the joint.
Overall, if you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, it is important to seek professional dental care to properly diagnose and treat the condition. With proper care, most cases of TMJ disorder can be successfully managed and symptoms can be reduced or eliminated.
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