Our West Hollywood TMJ expert explains what TMJ disorder is so patients will know what to do if they sense the problem is setting in. TMJ disorder can be very painful, so much so that those who have bad cases of it are often unable to complete their daily routine activities. The pain is typically located in the ears, face, forehead, neck, and the jaw.
The worst cases of TMJ can cause a person to have locked jaw. Locked jaw is literally a condition where the jaw is stuck in place and unable to move. When this happens, the extreme pain associated with it is no longer the primary concern but efforts are instead focused on returning the function of the jaw so the patient is able to eat and talk again. Our expert in TMJ in West Hollywood can treat TMJ disorder and its symptoms in many different ways depending on its severity and cause.
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Bruxism, or teeth grinding is one of the most common causes of TMJ disorder. When teeth are ground and clenched, extra stress is added to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that it is not designed to endure. Although it is one of the strongest joints in the body, the TMJ is designed to use that power in short spurts. When teeth are ground and the jaw is clenched all throughout the day and night, the joint becomes overloaded. Our West Hollywood TMJ expert typically uses muscle relaxers to help ease the patient’s bruxism and take stress off the jaw. This will allow the TMJ disorder to heal itself over time.
A misaligned bite can also cause TMJ disorder because the joint will not rotate the way it is supposed to. Even the slightest side-to-side movement when the jaw hinges can easily irritate the joint and aggravate the ligaments and tendons that surround it. Patients whose TMJ disorder is caused by a bite misalignment may be referred to an orthodontist by our expert in TMJ in West Hollywood. Treating the cause of TMJ disorder is usually the best way to eliminate the problem itself.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ such as clicking and popping when you move your jaw, call today to set up a consultation with our dentist in West Hollywood.