December 20, 2017
You need your jaw to do just about all the best things in life — like eating your favorite meals, speaking with friends and family, and singing out loud. You probably don’t think about the joint that makes it all possible, though, until something goes wrong with the way it functions.
When something’s off with your TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, you’ll definitely feel it. Biting into an apple can cause pain. And singing loud at your favorite concert leaves you with a debilitatingly aching jaw for the rest of the night.
If you’re dealing with a clicking, popping, painful jaw, you need to seek a diagnosis for the source of your discomfort. A dentist who’s trained in the treatment for jaw pain can help with TMJ therapy near Brickell.
Symptoms Something Is Wrong
There are some distinct warning signs associated with TMJ dysfunction, or TMD. Identifying these problems early can help you get the diagnosis and professional treatment you need as soon as possible.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- A clicking, popping, aching jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Jaw pain after speaking loudly or singing
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Poor sleep
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a doctor or dentist treating TMJ pain.
Diagnosing the Source of TMJ Pain
When you visit a professional for relief from TMJ pain, you will begin with a conversation about your symptoms. What kind of pain are you having? When is it likely to occur? Do you have any tricks for getting the pain to subside?
The TMJ causes pain when the upper and lower jaw are misaligned. To help put together the most effective treatment, your dentist may first diagnose the misalignment using a K7 Neuromuscular Evaluation System. It’s a tool that measures the jaw in motion and at rest and provides 3D images that help your dentist identify misalignments as well as optimal alignment. This system also allows your dentist to hear any noises that may occur during movement.
Treating Your TMJ Pain
If you receive a diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction, that’s good news — it means treatment and relief are not far away.
To treat your TMJ pain, your dentist may choose one of several or a combination of options. They include:
- Physical Therapy to align upper cervical.
- Physical Therapy to help reduce misaligned TMJ
- TENS Unit: Allows the jaw to relax and realign for relief from discomfort
- Gneuromuscular Temporary Orthotic: Repositions the jaw and relieves pain
- Coronoplasty: Removing excess tooth enamel to improve the alignment of the bite
- Gneuromuscular orthodontics: Clear braces that consider your muscles, joints, and all oral structures work together to improve the alignment of your bite.
Whatever treatment you need, visiting a professional who’s an expert in TMJ therapy will help you get out of pain and on with your life. Porcelain veneers can also help to rebuild your bite after TMJ is successfully treated!
About the Author
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid provides experienced treatment for TMJ pain for friends and neighbors in Coral Gables and the surrounding areas. To learn more about occlusal treatment or to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Coral Gables, we invite you to request an appointment at (305) 444-5926.
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