Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ disorder) describes problems with a patient’s jaw. In most cases, home remedies will be sufficient in providing TMJ relief. However, in some cases, further intervention and treatment may be deemed necessary by your dental health professional. Treatment for TMJ comes in a variety of formats, ranging from the conservative and reversible to, in more severe cases, surgical intervention. If self-care practices, the first line of treatment prove ineffective, the next step will be to utilise anti-inflammatory painkillers such as NSAIDs. If these do not solve the problem, your dentist may recommend stronger medication, antidepressants or muscle relaxants.
Stabilisation stints are another reversible, common treatment for TMJ. These are usually plastic guards that cover the upper and lower sets of teeth. This is a short-term treatment and will not cause changes in the bite if implemented correctly. Should these non-invasive treatments fail to solve your problem, Botox or surgery could be used. TMJ surgery is a last resort treatment option and is often irreversible. Should you require a more invasive treatment option, your dentist will take you through the risks and reasons they have deemed such a treatment option necessary.
Teeth grinding is a dental issue that affects almost 50% of the population at some point in their lives. Teeth grinding (or Bruxism) is defined as the involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth. It is most common while an individual is asleep, but does occur in some cases within daylight hours as well. Most often, it will be the partner or dentist who notices the effects or symptoms of teeth grinding before the individual does themselves. The most likely cause of teeth grinding is heightened levels of stress within a patient. However, teeth grinding is primarily a dental problem and should be taken seriously as it can have major effects on dental health. Rarer effects are teeth loss and complications with the jaw muscles while more common effects are wear, cracked enamel, pain and broken or chipped teeth. Your dentist will be able to fix these side effects and also provide a general teeth scale and clean, whilst the underlying causes may need to be treated through other techniques such as therapy and exercise.
Bruxism is merely the term for teeth grinding when it reaches an excessive level. 8-31% of the population experience this abnormality and it is thought to possibly have a genetic connection. As mentioned in the paragraph above, bruxism and teeth grinding has many causes, and a dental health professional should be consulted in order to find and implement the most effective remedy for your situation.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is a term which encompasses all problems relating to the muscles in the jaw and also the temporomandibular joints. As this is a condition with multiple symptoms, a dental health professional will be required to assess the specifics and determine the best course of treatment in relation to that. TMJ disorder is one of the most common causes of dental pain and occurs at a higher level of frequency in Females.
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