Thursday, 11 May 2017

Being Diagnosed With Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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If you have recently been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and are still unsure of what it means, you can find plenty of information on the subject such as on the website. The condition is treatable and taking medication along with potentially changing your diet can help to treat the symptoms that you suffer.  

The Temporomandibular Joint 

The Temporomandibular Joint is the joint where the lower jaw connects to the skull and is located just in front of the ear on each side of your head. It is a hinge joint and extremely flexible allowing the jaw to move smoothly in many different directions. The range of movement allowed to the jaw means that you can move it up and down allowing you to eat and talk, as well as move it from side to side, enabling you to grind food in your mouth. When you do not have the full range of motion available in your jaw, it can lead to discomfort and frustration.

The Causes

Medical opinion is not entirely sure as to the exact cause of this condition, and the problem arises when there are issues with the muscles controlling the jaw, or even with the joint itself. If you have suffered a blow to the head, whiplash, an injury to the jaw, or the muscles around the neck, you can develop the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Grinding your teeth and stress can also lead to the condition, as well as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, toothache and gum disease can also lead to suffering. If you are suffering any problems with your jaw after a recent accident, then you should look for a trusted dentist in North Sydney or in your local area to take a look at your injuries and check if you have this condition. 

The Symptoms

There are multiple symptoms that you can experience when suffering from this condition that can cause you some extreme discomfort. You may experience pain when you chew or open your mouth wide, or your range of movement can be limited. You can experience a clicking sound in your jaw when you eat, or you may suffer pain around the jaw, neck, and shoulders areas almost continuously. You can also experience an overbite where your two sets of teeth no longer fit together properly, or you may experience a swelling to the side of your face. The symptoms are varied and manifest in different ways with different people. You may experience one or all of the symptoms described, depending on how severe the case is.

The Treatment

Various treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms of the condition, and before trying any of them, you should make sure that you visit your local dentist first. There are medications that you can be prescribed to help treat the condition, and applying a hot or cold pack can also offer some relief. Eating soft foods will also contribute to preventing the discomfort felt when eating, and you can also have a splint made to fit over your teeth which you wear when you are sleeping. Although there is no cure for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, it is a condition that can be treated. You and your dentist just need to find what works best for you!

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