Welcome to Complete Care Dental online! Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Woo are excited to help our patients in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas with all of your dental needs. In today’s blog, we would like to answer some common questions regarding TMJ. So, let’s begin!
What is TMJ?
The joint which connects your jaw to your skull is known as the temporomandibular joint. If it is somehow injured, it can cause pain known as TMJ syndrome.
What causes TMJ?
Something as simple as chewing gum excessively, poor posture, stress, misalignment of the jaw, teeth grinding, tooth injury or injury to the jaw.
What affect does TMJ have on you?
Pain in the joints of the jaw, clicking and popping of the jaw, pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness or vertigo, headaches or migraines, sore or even stiff jaw muscles, pain in your temple, and possibly the locking of your jaw.
What are your treatment options?
The first line of relief begins at home with proper care and home remedies. You can find relief by placing ice packs on the joint, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine which are nonsteroidal, reducing your stress, implementing massages and stretches, and of course, stop chewing gum and eating soft foods for awhile.
Additional options which we may offer include:
–A mouthguard or nightguard to alleviate teeth grinding, or bruxism.
–A dental splint, similar to a mouthguard to provide jaw relief.
–Medications such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, etc. which can help your jaw.
–Physical therapy which includes exercises for the jaw.
If you would like more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dhillon or Dr. Woo, please give our team in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania a call at 610.833.1919 today. Our goal is to give you a healthy, confident smile!