TMJ & TMD Treatment
Pain caused by over stressed jaw muscles is often called TMJ or TMD. These refer to the temporomandibular joint. The disorder occurs when additional stress is put on the jaw muscles by clenching or grinding the teeth. TMJ/TMD can also be the result of an injury or misaligned teeth.
Treatment for the disorder depends on the cause. In minor cases, treatment may consist of learning certain exercises to relieve the strain on the jaw muscles. More severe cases will probably call for more extensive treatment. Diagnosing the problem with testing and getting to the root cause will determine the most effective course of action for treatment.
When Dr. Vashisht discovers the source of your discomfort, she will make recommendations regarding the best way to treat the disorder. Following her suggestions will get you on the road to recovery and pain-free living.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
Relief from the pain of TMJ/TMD may be as simple as exercises, taking pain relief medication or it may include other options such as wearing a nightguard when you sleep. Often, sufferers of TMJ/TMD clench their teeth or grind them while sleeping. This constant pressure causes the jaw joints to become fatigued. When they cannot rest and repair during sleep, the situation only becomes worse over time leading to pain in the jaw, head, neck and shoulders.
Wearing a nightguard will prevent the teeth from coming together, thus relieving the pressure that happens when the teeth are clenched. It also eliminates the problem of teeth grinding. If a nightguard will help your TMJ/TMD, Dr. Vashisht will let you know and explain the process for getting your custom-made nightguard.
If you are experiencing pain in your jaw or hearing clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth, contact Parklane Family Dentistry today for an appointment. Dr. Vashisht will examine your mouth and jaw joints to determine if TMJ/TMD is causing your discomfort. She will also make recommendations for the next steps to get pain relief.