TMJ Los Angeles.
The temporomandibular joint is that which connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. The TMJ allows you to move your jaw up and down or sideways, hence facilitates chewing and yawning. Injury to this joint can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint syndrome, which is characterized by a localized sharp pain. For treatment, look no farther because we offer the best TMJ Los Angeles treatments.
TMJ syndrome affects the nerves around the area and leads to pain with chewing or other movements of the jaw. TMJ disorders include injury to the jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis and regular gum chewing. Stress that causes you to tighten jaw or facial muscles may also lead to this disorder. Statistically, more women than men suffer from this disorder, and it is more prevalent in the ages between 20 and 40 years. People who have a genetic history to sensitivity and higher stress responses are more likely to suffer from this disorder.
Causes of TMJ disorders.
There is no clear explanation for the causes of TMJ disorders from medical practitioners. However, several factors contribute to the tightening of muscles surrounding this area and dysfunction that ultimately cause this disorder. This include misalignment of teeth or the jaw, grinding of teeth, poor posture, orthodontic braces and excessive chewing of gum.
Signs and symptoms of the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) include jaw pains, jaw clicking and popping, ear pain, headaches, and stiff jaw muscles. This kind of pain can either be temporary or last for a period stretching to years. It can also affect either one or both sides of the jaw. Locking of the jaw joint may also be experienced. The pain resulting from this disorder can affect the face, the jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders. Clicking sounds in the jaw joint when a patient opens or closes the mouth can also be experienced, though this is not necessarily painful. Inflammation on the sides of the face may also be witnessed as a symptom. Pain at the base of the tongue and dizziness can also be experienced as symptoms.
Diagnosis and treatment.
A medical practitioner requires a patient’s medical history and perform a physical medical examination to establish the cause of the symptoms that are experienced; because several other conditions cause similar symptoms. There is no specific test that can wholly diagnose TMD syndrome. Normally diagnosed by an oral specialist or an otolaryngologist, also known as an ENT specialist (ear, nose, and throat doctor). The specialist will then check your jaw joints for pain and tenderness. Attention is also given to see if the jaw works as it should and doesn’t lock when you open or close your mouth. One’s bite should also be checked for problems with facial muscles. Another full-proof and more efficient way to diagnose the condition may involve taking full face X-rays so as to see the jaws, temporomandibular joints, and teeth to help rule out other problems that give similar symptoms. TMJ Los Angeles treatment can be done by over-the-counter medications that are anti-inflammatory and application of moist heat or cold packs to the side of the face. Patients with this disorder should also avoid extreme jaw movements and eat soft foods.