November 28, 2018
You know that tetanus can give you lockjaw, but did you know that there is another more common reason why your jaw may get stuck in one position? A disorder of the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw to your skull, can often lead to mobility issues. TMJ lockjaw develops when the joint becomes inflamed and irritated by the underlying cause of the disorder. To prevent it, you will need TMJ therapy in South Miami.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
A TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint does not function correctly. Often, there is an underlying cause, such as a past injury, arthritis, or bruxism, which causes grinding and clenching of your teeth.
Symptoms often appear as pain and tenderness of the face, clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth, or migraines. While these symptoms may not seem severe, more serious ones can occur over time, which can include lockjaw.
What Causes TMJ Lockjaw?
At times, it may feel as though your jaw has locked into one position, causing it to become temporarily stuck. This results from pain and swelling in the joint. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 10 million people in the U.S. who have TMJ will experience lockjaw.
Can Lockjaw Be Treated?
Often, episodes of lockjaw only last for a few seconds to a few minutes; however, there can be times when it lasts longer. If the issue does not resolve itself, you will need to see a medical professional right away. To reduce the risk of it happening again, there are several things you can do.
Visit Your Dentist
Your dentist, Dr. Bushdid, can provide you with treatment for TMJ in South Miami. He is specially trained to understand the relationship between your jaw, facial and neck structures, and overall health and well-being. He will find the underlying cause of the problem to provide you with an appropriate treatment plan.
Often, he will suggest the use of an oral appliance (orthotic), which will reposition your jaw into a more natural position. This helps to relieve pressure and strain on your joint to stop your symptoms while also training it to rest in a more comfortable position. Depending on your exact needs, he may recommend other treatments as well, such as orthodontics.
Relaxing the muscles near your jaw will help to reduce irritation and inflammation. To help strengthen your muscles, there are several home exercises that can be used to stretch them. It is also best to avoid any habits that may cause your joint to become irritated, such as grinding your teeth.
Stop TMJ Lockjaw Today!
If your quality of life is suffering from TMJ lockjaw, Dr. Bushdid has the solutions you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Jose A. Bushdid is specially trained in the relationship between the craniocervical and the craniomandibular. As a result, he provides many advanced treatments for TMJ. If you are ready to get the relief you need, contact Bushdid Smiles today.
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