TMJ Disorder Treatment

TMJ Disorder Treatment Raleigh, NCEveryone knows common dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, but one of the most painful oral problems is one most people have never heard of. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ disorder) affects 5-12% of US citizens and an estimated 20-30% of people around the globe. These tempromandibular joints are the ones that connect the lower jaw to the skull. TMJs can be misaligned or inflamed and cause pain in different ways.

Signs of TMJ Disorder:

Pain in the face, neck, or head
Popping sounds in the jaw joints
Stiff jaw
Difficulty chewing

Sometimes TMJ disorder can resolve on their own over time, but if the condition continues you should see a TMJ disorder specialist. Researchers and specialists have found that the alignment of the teeth plays a part in TMJ disorder. Malocclusion (irregular bite pattern) can cause more pressure on one side of the jaw than the other, which places stress in unnatural ways on the muscles and joints.

TMJ disorders can be treated in many different ways depending on the problem which is why it’s important to see a specialist. The most common treatment for TMJ disorder is pain management. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help with discomfort and muscle relaxers can help to keep the condition under control. In the case of clenching jaws or grinding teeth, especially while sleeping, a splint may be used to help protect teeth as well. Stretching exercises or physical therapy can also be used to treat TMJ disorder, and in extreme cases surgery may be needed to correct the issue.

If you or someone you know is in pain because of TMJ disorder, contact Davis Oral Surgery in Raleigh, or call 919-488-2194 to schedule an evaluation.