The temporomandibular joint is a joint that is located in front of the ear. It connects the lower jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, which is also referred to as TMJD, is a condition that causes pain in the jaw joint and muscles. There are treatments available for temporomandibular joint disorder pain relief.
In many cases, the cause of TMJD cannot be identified. However, there are several things that can put a person at risk for developing TMJD. Some of those things include a blow to the jaw, teeth grinding and arthritis. This condition is most common in women who are between the ages of 20 and 40.
Pain in the jaw joint is one of the main symptoms of this disorder. This pain may also be felt in or around the ear or the face. People who have this disorder may have trouble chewing or swallowing. Additionally, a person may experience locking of the jaw joint, which makes it very difficult to close or open the mouth.
We Can Help Treat TMJD
Some people will notice that the symptoms go away without treatment. However, if the symptoms do not go away, a visit to Johnston Dental Care, based locally in Ruston LA, may be in order. Dr. Johnston has received specific training in diagnosing and treating TMJD and he can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. In fact, TMJD is one of the most common problems that he and his skilled team encounter at Johnston Dental Care, and there are a few options for treatment. For example, we may recommend an orthodontic appliance, which is also known as an oral splint. We may refer the patient to a physician for prescription intervention, including sedatives and muscle relaxants for pain relief. Some patients may benefit from physical therapy exercises. In some cases, surgery can also be performed to treat TMJD, but that is usually recommended as a last resort.
One of the things that people can do to prevent TMJD is reduce their stress. Stress can cause teeth grinding, and teeth grinding can lead to TMJD as the repetitive compression of the jaw joint can cause strain and pain. People who are prone to teeth grinding may need to wear an orthodontic appliance at night to gain separation between the back molars. Dr. Johnston and his team can fit you with an orthodontic appliance after a preliminary non-invasive oral exam. Additionally, people may consider applying a cold or hot compress to the TMJ joint just under the ears.
More About TMJD
To learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder and how dentistry at Johnston Dental Care can help, call Dr. Lamar Johnston today at (318) 255-6780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are based locally out of Ruston, LA and also service clients from surrounding areas including Northeast Louisiana, LA.