TMJ

 

TMJ

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.