The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding character that connects your jawbone to your skull. You’ve got one bone on either side of your face. This guide shares an overview of TMJ treatment, its causes as well as prevention.
“TMJ,” is a group of conditions that cause jaw joint pain and weakness, affecting the jaw movement.
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This is a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD which causes pain in the joints of your jaw. As well as in the muscles that control the movement of your jaw. However sometimes it is difficult to ascertain the precise cause of a person’s TMJ condition.
We will look into a combination of factors such as genetic manipulation, arthritis, or jaw injury which are causing the symptoms.
Our TMJ clinic in Sharjah gives you a complete overview on how to combat this condition effectively.
We will look into your TMJ symptoms also.
Several factors contribute to the muscle tightness and weakness. Whether any of these triggers contribute directly to or emerge out of TMJ syndrome is not clear.
The pain and discomfort that comes with TMJ disorders are transient in most cases. You can treat them with self-management care also.
We try to opt for surgery as the last resort, when conservative interventions fail.
However there are still some benefits of surgical procedures. We will provide you the details of the same as well.
Do you know there are many TMJ causes are?
These include: teeth grinding while sleeping, physical damage, inflammation, grinding or clenching teeth during autoimmune sleeping, as well as infections of dental surgery.
Other causes which can lead to TMJ are hereditary, hormonal, or environmental factors.
Violinists experience TMJ disorders at a higher rate than the general population, as their job requires keeping an instrument under the jaw.
The exact cause is till vague, although researchers are hoping to provide solid links like investigating the link between the female hormone estrogen and TMJ disorders. Women have been found to develop TMJ disorders at a higher rate than men, and researchers are currently exploring hormonal triggers for TMJ.
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TMJ Pain and TMJ Syndrome
This pain can be either for a short term or your pain can last for a long time.
It can either be brief, or it can last many years, for instance.
Also you may experience it on one side of your face or both sides feel TMJ pain.
Pain usually radiates to the neck or shoulders in the facial muscles and jaw joints. Also your joints can feel stress and muscle spasms can also occur.
The pain usually occurs while speaking, chewing, or yawning.
This pain typically occurs in the joint itself, right in front of the ear, or it can travel anywhere on the forehead, scalp, or neck, contributing to headaches, dizziness, and even migraine symptoms.
Affects of Your TMJ Syndrome
TMJ syndrome may give rise to ear pain, ear ringing (tinnitus), and hearing loss.
People often confuse TMJ pain for an ear problem, like an ear infection, when the ear is not the problem at all. They can produce sounds when the joints shift, such as clicking, grating, or popping.
Others also complain that they hear clicking and popping sounds.
It implies that the disk might be in an anomalous position. Occasionally no care is required unless the sounds cause pain. On the affected side, face and mouth can swell. The jaw-lock in a wide-open position (indicating dislocation), or it may not open entirely at all.
The lower jaw can also deviate to one side at the opening. Some people experience unpleasantness when they open their jaw. Such shifts can be abrupt.
The teeth might not fit together correctly, and the bite can feel strange.
Muscle spasms associating with TMJ syndrome cause swallowing difficulties.
TMJ syndrome also induces headaches and dizziness, which results in nausea or vomiting. Many people with TMJ syndrome have a history of a poor dentition or emotional distress.
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The dentists at Dr. Amal’s clinic will inquire about your health records and do a physical test to sort out this condition.
We will test for discomfort or tenderness in your jaw joints and listen to clicks, pops, or grating sounds as you move them.
We will also make sure your jaw works as it should and doesn’t lock your mouth when you open or close.
Plus, we will also test the bite and look for any facial muscle problems.
Our dentist will take X-rays of full-face to see the jaws, temporomandibular joints, and teeth, so to rule out other issues. Other tests which we will conduct include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT).
The MRIwill show if the TMJ disk is in the correct position when your jaw is moving. A CT scan shows the joint’s bony detail.
For further diagnosis and treatment, we can also refer you to our oral surgeon at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Centre. Our specialist doctor in surgery will determine your TMJ causes to the entire area of the nose, mouth, and jaw.
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Occasional pain is standard in the jaw joint or when chewing, and may not be a cause of concern. We provide great care and expert services Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center Sharjah.
If it hurts to open and close the mouth, or if you have trouble swallowing food, set up an appointment at Dr. Amal’s clinic healthcare professionals. We analyze the TMJ causes to give you satisfactory results and effective treatment plan.
Experts strongly advocate using the most reversible, restrictive therapies available. Conservative procedures should not penetrate, or require surgery to the eye, lip, or joint tissues.
Reversible treatments do not cause the shape or location of the jaw or teeth to change permanently. Most patients often do not require severe forms of care, even though TMJ conditions can become chronic.
Locked Jaw- Causes and Effect
Because most common jaw joint and muscle problems are acute and gradually get worse, a quick procedure can be all that is needed to alleviate discomfort.
The open locked jaw is handled by having the right amount of sedation. The maxilla (upper jaw) is then protected with thumbs, while the mandible (lower jaw) is pulled downward, forward, and backward.
This technique is typically performed by the doctor from the Emergency Department but can also be lead by a specialist in ear, nose, and throat (ENT). Sometimes, the closed locked jaw is handled by sedating you until you’re fully relaxed. Afterwards, the mandible is squeezed softly until the mouth is opened.
Short-term use of over-the-counter pain medications or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, use of upper or lower teeth support splint or bite guard provides relief.
When a stabilization splint is recommended, it can only be used for a brief period, and should not cause lasting bite changes. Studies of the effectiveness in delivering pain relief are inconclusive.
Surgical Treatments for TMJ
Surgical treatments are problematic, often irreversible, and, where possible, should be avoided.
Long-term clinical trials have not been performed to test the safety and efficacy of the TMJ condition surgical treatments.
Moreover, surgical replacement of jaw joints with artificial implants can cause severe pain and permanent damage to the jaw. Many of these tools may fail to operate appropriately or can fall apart over time in the jaw.
Effective TMJ Treatment
TMJ causes are, in most cases, self-limiting. Some of the signs can resolve in two weeks after the jaw rests.
However we provide several treatment options and plans, right at home for TMJ syndrome.
Anti-inflammatory and pain-related medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may aid. Change in your diet to include soft food helps. Do not chew gum or eat hard candy or chewy foods. Do not get your mouth wide open.
We will teach you how to conduct gentle muscle stretching and exercises for relaxation. The methods of stress management will help you control tension and relax your jaw along with the rest of your body. Applying warm compresses to the pain area also helps.
Home rehabilitation requires movement of the mandible (lower jaw), such as opening and closing the jaw from side to side.
Doing this after a 20-minute warm compress brings good results. The smaller jaw movements are repeated for around two to four weeks, three to five times a day, and five minutes continuously each time. Even a gentle massage of the area is benefitting.
Prognosis for TMJ
Overall, the forecast for TMJ syndrome is definite. There are various TMJ causes, and if understood, the outlook is based upon the cause. Most people may use self-care and home remedies to handle the pain. Long-term TMJ syndrome symptoms include chronic facial pain or persistent headaches.
We will recommend long-term care which is appropriate in extreme cases, when the pain is chronic, and comes with other inflammatory disorders.
TMJ Prevention Techniques
Preventing signs of TMJ syndrome are taken care of by self-care techniques.
These include eating soft food; avoid chewing gum; maintaining a proper posture.
As well as applying stress management and calming techniques. Using dental splint equipment as prescribed by a jaw care professional is helpful; using correct protective gear to prevent jaw fractures and dislocations when exercising is effective too.
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Our team works together to fix the TMJ conditions systematically, including complicated problems.
Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center has a specialty team which consists of a dentist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a pain management specialist, and others who work together to get great results.
Our physicians provide a range of comprehensive medical treatment and care options for TMJ conditions, including medication, rehabilitation, and surgery.
Operation on the temporomandibular joint is uncommon, but when appropriate, the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Dr. Amal AlQedrah Medical Center will provide a full range of TMJ surgical procedures, from arthroscopic surgery to open-joint surgery.