The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most important joints in the human body. Almost all oral functions involve the TMJ as it is directly responsible for the movement of the lower jaw. But, when the TMJ suffers damage due to extreme trauma or physical strain, it results in a condition called Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
The treatment of TMD can be done by taking two approaches; professional treatment by a dentist and taking certain remedial methods by yourself at home.
Since the main cause of TMD is the stress applied on the TMJ, a simple and effective means of getting rid of this stress is by massaging the joints. In addition to this, avoid putting excessive stress on the TMJ by persistent chewing of eatables. Meaning, avoid frequent snacking and chewing gum. Also, you should be aware of clenching your jaws with or without your own knowledge. This can be especially harmful to your TMJ as well as the teeth.
When it comes to professional treatment of TMD, we would suggest a customized mouthguard for you. This would prevent the contact between the teeth from the upper and lower jaws, which eliminates the chance for wear of teeth and also reduces the stress applied on the TMJ. If this method of treatment isn't providing the required relief from TMD, jaw surgery would be the last resort option to treat the condition.
Call us at (858) 866-9692 or schedule an online appointment with us and we’ll be able to guide you further.