You’ve probably heard the buzz about TMJ or know someone who has it. TMJ, otherwise known as temporomandibular disorder, is a condition that revolves around the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaw. It’s a joint that is put through a great deal of strain on a daily basis. Whether you are chewing, talking or yawning, your jaw is hard at work.
When everything is fine, your jaw joint works seamlessly and you don’t experience any problems. However, it’s another story if there has been an injury, there’s inflammation or your jaw is out of alignment. That’s when you may begin to experience serious discomfort.
Knowing if You Have TMJ
There are some telltale signs that suggest you have TMJ. If you notice a popping or clicking noise when you chew or open your mouth, TMJ could be the culprit. TMJ may cause your jaw to lock when you are eating or when you yawn. It’s typical to feel an aching in the joint of your jaw when you have been affected by this disorder.
TMJ can extend beyond your teeth. Your jaw is an intricate system of nerves, tendons, muscles and bones. When something isn’t right, it can cause pain that extends to your ears and your throat. You may suffer from chronic headaches because of a problem that originates in your mouth.
What Should You Do if You Think You Have TMJ?
If you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ, you need a proper diagnosis first. Our orthodontist can help to identify the root of your problems. From that point, you can move forward with treatment. Your treatment could be something as simple as taking anti-inflammatory medication and applying cold compresses to your jaw. Our orthodontist may recommend a change in what you eat to avoid any additional strain on your jaw.
Mouth guards may be prescribed as well. Our orthodontist can create a mouth guard that is customized to fit your teeth and help you to adjust your bite. In some cases, orthodontic treatment is recommended to adjust your teeth, resulting in a proper bite that will not cause irritation to your jaw joint.
Contact Us Today
If you suspect that you have TMJ, make an appointment at Lach Orthodontic Specialists to discuss the problem with our orthodontist. We will begin with an evaluation. Medical imagery may be necessary as well to identify the source of your problem.
While TMJ can be extremely uncomfortable, there are effective options that can help you to take control of the condition so that your jaw is not bothering you anymore. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our locations in Orlando or Oviedo.