According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, temporomandibular joint or TMJ affects about 5 to 12 percent of people. The women are affected more by the condition in comparison with men. With current lifestyle, TMJ is becoming quite a problem for the people. Causing extreme pain and restricted joint movement, it is very important to know about the symptoms and the treatment of the condition.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is dental condition that affects the individuals between the ages of 20 years to 40 years. The individuals who suffer from TMJ need to go to a dental expert to make sure that it can be controlled in the beginning.
TMJ leads to severe headaches that cabe long lasting as well as painful. The over the counter medication do not often provide relief from the symptoms. For TMJ treatment, you can either start with variety of jaw exercises or can contact our experts to start with other long term treatment options.
Symptoms of TMJ:
Causes of TMJ
TMJ can be caused by the continual clenching of the jaw and its muscles, stress, and grinding teeth at night. This can lead to enamel wearing off from the teeth which in turn exposes the dentin leading to sensitivity, decay, and further wearing of the enamel.
Treatment for TMJ
TMJ treatment in Westport begins with the diagnosis of problem. Our experts begin with:
There are a few cases in which the TMJ disorders might go away without any treatment. For the symptoms that persist, we advise to opt for a night guard. It can be used to lessen or prevent the teeth grinding at night.
Various short term treatment methods for TMJ include muscle relaxants, pain relievers, and hot/cold compresses. These methods provide relief for painful symptoms but do no good to relive the condition of TMJ.
At Esthetic Dental Group of Westport (EDGW), we make sure that your dental health is always in pristine condition. We are one of the leading Westport dentists for over 50 years.