Formaly known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction/Disorder (TMD), it is a painful condition caused from movement of the jaw joint and supportive surrounding muscles.
What causes TMJ?
A definitive cause for your TMJ Disorder is very often difficult to identify. Your pain may be caused by a previous trauma, parafuntional habit (grinding, clenching, or bruxism), joint arthritis, and/or ligament or cartilage degradation of the joint.
What foods should I avoid eating?
Minimize or eliminate foods that cause strenuous use of the jaw muscles. The foods include gum, taffy, or anything chewy.
What non-invasive treatment options exist?
Depending on the severity of the TMJ, simple stretches and massages can help mitigate your discomfort. A combination of home care and/or physical therapy can be used to stretch your jaw muscles. Application of alternating hot and cold may elevate pain.
What will happen if I don’t treat my TMJ?
For most patients, pain can be alleviated by minimizing over-use of their TMJ joint and consulting with a doctor. In more severe cases where the patient has constant pain, discomfort, and insomnia, we will want to develop a plan to alleviate these symptoms.