West Palm Beach area patients ask, is there a cure for TMJ?
Within the mouth is the TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint is what helps open and close the jawbones. It is attached to the skull and is surrounded by muscles and ligaments. For some patients, the TMJ can act up, resulting in a number of problems which may include:
- Popping and clicking of the jaw
- Pain around the joint which can spread to the ears, neck, and shoulders
- Chronic headaches
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth during the day and/or night
Pure Dental Care of the West Palm Beach area can work with patients to help them address the signs and symptoms which arise due to this condition. Many patients want to find out if there is a cure for TMJ, but unfortunately, there is not. Even though more extensive options such as surgery can help, the condition may always exist.
Instead, Pure Dental Care may suggest therapies such as oral appliance therapy. Using oral appliances, patients can reduce the forces that clenching and grinding may cause, while also realigning the jaw to a more comfortable position. By doing so, they can keep many of the common complaints of TMJ at bay. All of this is done without invasive procedures, so it is the best initial course of action to assist patients in treating the condition to the best of their ability without surgery.
There are many ways in which patients can also help reduce problems with the TMJ, including:
- Using cold and hot compresses alternatively on the jaw when pain persists.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce flare-ups.
- Avoid chewing gum or candies such as taffy.
- Proactively avoid clenching or grinding the teeth during the day, if possible.
- Use oral appliance therapy to protect the teeth and realign the jaw for reduced pain and discomfort.
Pure Dental Care of West Palm Beach work closely with patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) to assist them in reducing and possibly eliminating the discomfort they experience due to this condition.Back to TMJ/TMD Page