It is likely that you have heard of the condition known as TMJ or TMD, but it is not as likely that you know what it means. At Eggleston Dental Care in Turlock, CA, patients can work with our TMJ treatment specialist and get the condition treated, but first, let’s spend some time understanding the condition and then moving on to key TMJ treatment facts.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the largest joint in our head and holds the lower jaw to the skull. Though large, it is also amazingly flexible and strong, moving side to side as well as opening and closing, and creating enough force to bite and chew.
When something causes irritation in that area it can be called TMJ or TMD, which is temporomandibular disorder. It is indicated by some common symptoms that include teeth grinding, popping or clicking noises when using the joint, ringing in the ears, pain in the jaw and neck, locking when using the jaw, and a general sense of pain in the face and jaw area.
Unfortunately, experts are not exactly sure why it occurs. Sadly, there is also no immediate cure. Instead, experts look at treatment more as a way of reducing symptoms or alleviating them altogether.
The Basic TMJ Treatment Facts
As your dentist in Turlock, we will discuss your symptoms with you and help you determine if you do indeed have TMJ or TMD. We will then look at ways to help you reduce pain, discomfort and also improve function. The basic TMJ treatment facts have to take into consideration that “treatment” looks at:
- Pain alleviation through over the counter pain killers
- Physical therapy
- Relaxation therapy and technique
- CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy
However, one of the other key treatment methods includes the use of oral appliances that can be worn as you sleep and even throughout the day. The goal of the devices is quite simple – to reduce the symptoms of pain created by the ongoing clenching and grinding of the teeth. Eliminating this pain and pressure is often a way to begin reducing other symptoms, raising awareness in the patient and reducing the impact of TMJ or TMD.
Experiencing TMJ Pain? Contact Us
Did these TMJ treatment facts make you eager to seek treatment with our team? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Turlock, CA office at 209-634-9582. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.