Temporomandibular pain or temporomandibular disorder (aka TMJ pain/TMJ disorder) is a painful inflammation in the area where the head meets the neck. It is often accompanied by a popping sound as well as immobility that can make everyday activities such as eating or talking extremely painful.
TMJ pain is contracted when the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed due to overexertion. Things such as poor posture in the neck can strain the neck muscle and also the jaw, leading to the condition. The joint is also overworked by habits such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you have TMJ pain, don’t worry, there are treatments available.
The necessary treatment for TMJ pain is dependent on Dr. Chan and Dr. Barrett knowing how you developed it. There are also things you can do at home to help with the TMJ pain. Regular exercise and practice of relaxation techniques will help if the issue is due to body posture or stress. In addition, a custom splint can be prescribed by your dentists for you to wear at night to deal with the pain.
Some instances of TMJ pain is due to the alignment of your teeth. In these cases, you will require an orthodontic treatment such as braces. In rare instances, surgery will be necessary for treatment for TMJ disorder.
If you have any questions about TMJ disorder or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts, today.