TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, refers to a set of conditions that affect the jaw joint and muscles. It can cause symptoms such as jaw pain, facial discomfort, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty in jaw movement. At Sand Lake Dental in Orlando, FL, our team understands the impact of TMJ disorders on your daily life. We provide personalized and comprehensive treatment options to alleviate your symptoms and improve jaw functionality.
While everybody has a temporomandibular joint, when somebody says that they have TMJ, they are generally referring to a disorder of that joint commonly referred to as “lockjaw.”
A disorder in the TMJ is often associated with pain or discomfort. It may be difficult for your doctor or dentist to identify the exact cause of your pain, but there are several potential culprits:
Fortunately, most cases of TMJ can be treated without invasive procedures or operations and is often temporary.
While TMJ is associated with several symptoms, patients may experience just a few as no case is typical.
Your temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge between your jaw and skull. In the middle of that joint is a small disk that helps to absorb shocks to the jaw.
TMJ can develop into a disorder if:
While these causes are fairly straightforward, there are several other options that will need to be explored by a medical professional in order to ensure that you receive the appropriate care and treatment.
Because there are many potential causes of TMJ, it can be important to identify if you are in a high-risk category. If you know that you are at a higher likelihood of developing TMJ, you may be able to take precautionary actions or know that you need to visit with a medical professional before the condition becomes serious. Some of the risk factors include:
In many cases, TMJ will resolve without medication or treatment. For this reason, your care provider may opt to hold off on doing anything and monitor your condition. However, if waiting simply isn’t an option, there are several potential treatment options that your dentist may suggest.