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Everything about causes, symptoms, and TMJ treatment

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 the 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.

tmj Treatment in Westport

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is a 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 does not often provide relief from the symptoms. For TMJ treatment, you can either start with a variety of jaw exercises or can contact our experts to start with other long term treatment options.

Symptoms of TMJ:

  • Headaches
  • Eye Pain
  • Clenching of the teeth
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Popping the jaw
  • The clicking of the jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears

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 the further wearing of the enamel.

Treatment for TMJ

TMJ treatment in Westport begins with the diagnosis of the problem. Our experts begin with:

  • Listening and feeling your jaw while you open and close your jaw
  • Observing the range of the motion of the jaw
  • Feeling the jaw by pressing the areas around the jaw and identifying the areas of discomfort and pain.

There are a few cases in which the TMJ disorders might go away without any treatment. For the symptoms that persist, we advise opting 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.

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