At Denison Chiropractic, we know TMJ is a painful disorder that can make it difficult to enjoy simple pleasures such as eating dinner or chatting with friends and family. Dr. Robert Bergeron and Dr. Dustin Bergeron have successfully treated many patients for TMJ in the Denison and Sherman, Texas areas.
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What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your temporal bone, which is located on the side of your head. Movement of the joint is controlled by the muscles surrounding and attached to it. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJD, is a condition that causes dysfunction and pain in the temporomandibular joint, making it difficult and painful to open your mouth to talk, chew, or yawn.
What causes TMJ?
TMJD has no specific cause, but it is a symptom often associated with arthritis or trauma to the jaw, the temporomandibular joint, or the head and neck muscles. Other known causes are clenching and grinding of the teeth, either by habit or as a reaction to stress, and dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket of the temporomandibular joint. Because TMJD is more common among women than men, researchers suspect a possible link between TMJD and female hormones.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms associated with TMJD include:
- Facial, jaw, or neck pain.
- Stiffness of the jaw.
- Locking or limited movement of the jaw.
- Painful popping of the jaw when opening or closing your mouth.
- A change in how your upper and lower teeth fit together.
How can I relieve TMJ pain?
You can relieve TMJ pain by eating soft foods, applying ice packs to the jaw, doing gentle jaw exercises to loosen your jaw muscles, and avoiding yawning or excessive chewing as much as possible. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants for your jaw pain. He may also recommend placing a mouth guard or oral splint over your teeth to help reduce jaw pain. Acupuncture has also been found to be effective for reducing TMJ pain.
What if all other treatments do not work?
There are various surgical treatments for TMJD, typically used as a last resort when all other treatments are ineffective. If you are considering surgery, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Bergeron or Dr. Dustin Bergeron, two qualified chiropractors who specialize in treating TMJ in the Denison, Texas, area.