What Is TMJ Dysfunction?

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

When most people think of going to the dentist, they assume that the only services offered are related to the teeth or gums. But dentists also diagnose and treat another common oral issue called Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ or TMD. Find out more about TMJ dysfunction, how it happens and how it can be repaired by Jenkintown dental implants Dr. Cary L. Limberakis, DMD.

What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition in the joints and muscles of the jawbone. The TMJ joint connects the jawbone to the rest of the skull and permits the necessary movements to open and close your mouth. TMJ disorder makes it painful and difficult to eat, talk or even open your mouth to yawn normally. Besides pain in the sides of the face where the joint is located, another sign of TMJ disorder is a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth.

How Does It Happen?
Doctors aren’t 100 percent certain what causes TMJ dysfunction, but there are a few ways that it can develop:

- A habit of clenching your teeth when sleeping or when closing your mouth
- An injury to the face
- Whiplash from a car accident
- Arthritis symptoms
- Making funny faces or stressing the muscles of your face too much

Tell Jenkintown dental implants Dr. Limberakis if you have any of these habits or conditions. Sometimes developing TMJ dysfunction is a gradual process and in some cases there’s a "sudden" onset of this annoying condition.

TMJ Treatments 
The purpose of TMJ treatment is to ease the discomfort of jaw pain and ensure the optimal function of your jawbone. Your dentist will likely prescribe a mouthpiece to wear at night or during sports activity to prevent further agitation of the Temporomandibular joint. NSAID medications can help eliminate painful swelling in the area. And in some cases restorative work to the smile can help ease the symptoms over time.

Get On the Road to Relief from Jaw Pain
If you're experiencing the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, contact Jenkintown dental implants Dr. Cary L. Limberakis, DMD today to have your jaw examined. You may be surprised at the straightforward solutions now available to patients with this problem. His office accepts appointment requests online at http://www.limberakisdental.com or over the phone (215-886-8866).

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