The temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, connects your upper and lower jaw. Moreover it is a system of muscles, ligaments and bones that allow your jaw to move. This joint can suffer fractures, swelling and soreness. Some of the symptoms of a TMJ disorder can include headaches, pain, when you move your jaw, jaws that lock and a clicking or popping noise or sensation in jaw .
So far, no one has discovered a single “cure” for TMJ disorder. However, your dentist can prescribe the use of a night guard or bite splint to keep your teeth from grinding against each other. A pain reliever or a simple ice pack can help reduce the pain and swelling. In some cases surgery may be required to correct a mechanical problem, and often, reducing your stress and learning some relaxation techniques can go a long way to helping reduce the problems associated with TMJ. You should also talk with your dentist about exercises that you can do to strengthen or stretch your jaw muscles, or relax the muscles around your jaw.
It’s important to understand that issues in and around your mouth are connected to other parts of your body. While you might not associate a headache with a dental problem, your dentist may have an answer to your chronic headaches. By visiting your dentist twice a year, you can discuss these problems with your dentist, and give him a chance to examine your mouth to see if there are any small problems that can be dealt with before they become big (and expensive) ones. If you are suffering from the effects of a TMJ disorder, our dentist, Dr. Robert J. Luszczak will be happy to see you. If you live in the Granada Hills, California area, call 818-363-7484 today to schedule an appointment at White Oak Family Dentistry.