At least 15% of Americans suffer from TMJ, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). If TMJ is affecting your ability to chew, speak, or open and close your mouth comfortably, Adam Nusblatt, DMD, and the team at Nusblatt Dental can help at their office in the East Village of Manhattan in New York City. When left untreated, TMJ can lead to chronic headaches, jaw pain, and more. Get relief from your TMJ symptoms today by calling Nusblatt Dental or by booking an appointment online.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a painful condition caused by problems with the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders typically fall into three categories:
Pain or discomfort in the muscles that help control jaw function can result in chronic myofascial pain and soreness. Many people who grind their teeth (bruxism) develop myofascial pain from TMJ.
Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint itself is a possible indicator of a displaced disc, injury, or dislocated jaw.
Arthritis is a degenerative disorder that causes pain, discomfort, and inflammation in the joints.
While doctors don’t currently know exactly what causes TMJ, there are several risk factors that raise your chances of developing this painful condition:
Stress and anxiety can cause chronic jaw clenching, which increases muscle tension and leads to TMJ.
Poor posture puts stress on your back and neck muscles, which can cause inflammation in your jaw.
Women between the ages of 18 and 44 are at a greater risk of developing TMJ than men.
This degenerative joint disease can cause pain, discomfort, and tension in your temporomandibular joints.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of TMJ include:
Most TMJ symptoms worsen during times of stress, especially if you frequently clench your jaw or grind your teeth.
In mild cases of TMJ, eating soft foods, reducing stress, and using ice packs to minimize inflammation can help relieve your symptoms. Other TMJ treatments include:
Many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications can relieve TMJ pain by reducing inflammation around your temporomandibular joints and muscles.
Injecting Botox directly into the muscles surrounding your temporomandibular joints temporarily freezes them, so you can finally relax your jaw and immediately relieve tension.
A stabilization splint is a dental device that helps correct your bite to alleviate pressure on your temporomandibular joints and muscles.
In severe TMJ cases, a complete joint replacement to replace damaged or deteriorated joints that no longer function properly may be necessary.
For relief from TMJ pain, call Nusblatt Dental or schedule a visit online today.