TMJ disorder is a blanket term used to describe a wide range of problems that can occur in the temporomandibular joints. This could result from a past dislocation in one or both of the joints, arthritis issues, or complications from something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night.
Common symptoms include a pain or soreness near the temples, in front of the ears or within the joint itself. This could also be accompanied by a pain when biting down and applying pressure to the joints. For some people, the temporomandibular joints might also click when chewing. While this is not always a direct symptom of the TMJ disorder, it can be related to other symptoms.
Identifying the primary source will help your dentist, Dr. Amanda Rhoades, develop an effective treatment strategy.
Since the joints are so complex, they can sometimes develop pain or inflammation issues resulting from seemingly mundane sources. Developing a treatment strategy that starts with simple lifestyle modifications can often help improve or alleviate symptoms.
It starts with some minor changes to your daily habits. This includes eating softer foods, applying ice packs to the area, performing some basic jaw-stretching exercises and potentially taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
If these simple lifestyle modifications don’t yield significant results, your dentist will then start to explore more advanced treatment strategies. This might involve taking prescription anti-inflammatory medication, wearing a night guard when you sleep, or using prescription muscle relaxers.
If these things still do not provide relief from your TMJ disorder symptoms, he will discuss more invasive procedures. This might include things like acupuncture, the use of a stabilization splint, or surgical intervention.
If you have been struggling with TMJ disorder symptoms in Cincinnati, Ohio, you should call 513-231-7474 to explore your treatment options at Eastern Hills Dental.