TMJ – Temporomandibular joint disorder Palos Verdes
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a disorder of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works as it is supposed to, it enables you to talk, yawn and chew. But if the joint is not properly aligned, TMJ can occur.
TMJ can cause a ‘popping sound’ when opening and closing your mouth, jaw pain myofacial pain, chronic headaches and even tooth sensitivity. TMJ is most common with people who grind their teeth.
TMJ Symptoms, Treatment and Relief
For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause:
- Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
- Stiff jaw muscles
- Pain that travels through the face, jaw or neck
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
It is possible for jaw pain to go away with little or no treatment. Treatment can include simple things you can do yourself. Things like applying ice packs or eating soft foods.
Professional care for TMJ symptoms
For TMJ pain that is not relieved by these simple treatments, Dr. Palani will devise a treatment plan just for you. He will x-ray your jaw to diagnose the exact cause of the pain. He treats TMJ with a specially created mouth guard to keep your jaw in alignment and prevent the return of TMJ symptoms.
Should that not be sufficient, he can also fit you for a customized NTI appliance. The NTI appliance is a small transparent plastic device similar to a mouth guard that is worn over the two front teeth at night. It prevents the contact of the canines and molars thus preventing teeth grinding. It also prevents teeth clenching by triggering relaxation of the muscles.