After a thorough examination and your dentist may suggest a plan to treat your TMJ. This treatment plan may include relaxation techniques, a referral to a physiotherapist, a chiropractor or a behavioral therapist to help you ease muscle pain. Other treatment options may include medicine for pain, inflammation or tense muscles. If getting a good night’s sleep is a problem, a number of approaches to improve sleep may be used.
our dentists may suggest wearing a night guard, also called an occlusal splint. It is made of clear plastic and fits over the biting surfaces of the teeth of one jaw so that you bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This often helps your jaw joints and muscles to relax.
TMJ is caused by a combination of factors like jaw injuries and joint disease, such as arthritis. It is believed that bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) and head or neck muscle tension may make TMD symptoms worse. Stress is also a possible factor.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of problems that cause pain and poor function in the jaw joint and the muscles responsible for jaw movement.
TMJ can be just a nuisance – or it can be a life-altering problem. When it’s less severe, crunching down on a hard bit of food can shoot a bolt of pain through the jaw joint – unpleasant, to be sure, but not serious. With time and simple home care, the pain usually subsides.