The term TMJ treatment refers to the steps an oral surgeon may take to help reduce the pain and complications of temporomandibular joint disease, or TMD.
This important joint links the top and bottom halves of the jaw, allowing you to speak, eat and yawn. When problems develop, you may experience painful complications that may degrade your overall health in a variety of ways, if left untreated.
Kokomo Implant and Oral Surgery specializes in TMJ treatment, addressing these troublesome disorders and putting you back on the road to good health.
Risks and Reasons for TMJ Treatment
When the jaw joint ceases to work in harmony with facial muscles, dysfunction and pain often follow.
Disorders of the TM joint can arise for many reasons, the most common of which are arthritis and injury. If your top and bottom jaw do not align properly, or if the teeth don’t mesh properly together, this can also place undue stress on one or both joints.
Unless you seek TMJ or TMD treatment, you can expect the pain to continue and likely worsen. Ultimately, you may experience tooth and bone loss, and worsening insomnia. The inability to sleep or eat properly can lead to malnourishment and chronic physical and mental problems.
Depression, stroke, cardiac disease and diabetes have all been diagnosed in conjunction with TM disorder. To avoid the further decline of your health and well-being, look to the simple and effective option of TMJ treatment.
Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder?
Some common signs of TMJ problems include clicking or popping sounds when you eat, yawn or talk. Facial pain, headaches and neck pain are also common indicators of a problem in the jaw joint, as is ear pain.
However, you may not be aware of the less obvious signs that TMJ treatment is necessary.
Do you wake up tired, or drag through endless days, wanting nothing more than a nap? Do you experience frequent headaches, neck or shoulder pain? Does it hurt sometimes when you yawn or open wide during a dentist or doctor visit?
You also may notice that you clench or grind your teeth at night or while under stress. Finally, if your teeth are experiencing abnormal wear, sensitivity or breakage, it may be time to see your dentist or an oral surgeon.
Fortunately, today’s TMJ treatment is simple, painless and highly effective.
Depending on the severity of your problem, the doctor will begin with the most conservative level of TMJ treatment.
To relieve the pain and muscle spasms, you may be prescribed an appropriate medication, such as an anti-inflammatory. You will be provided with a comprehensive plan for self-care, which may include using heat or ice on the jaw and modifying your diet.
Stress management is another important facet of self-care, as stress can worsen both the disorder and the painful symptoms.
A mouthguard or night guard is another possible tool for treatment, as this will prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep.
For many patients, surgery is more effective and a longer-term solution for treating TMD, especially if the damage is already extensive. The oral surgeon can repair the TM joint and restore proper function of the joints and jaws.
The experienced doctors of Kokomo Implant and Oral Surgery understand how devastating jaw and joint disorders can be. Contact our convenient Kokomo office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your TMJ treatment options.