The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull. It’s an important joint, and it’s easily irritated. When you have pain in this joint, it’s referred to as TMJ disorder.
A lot of different things can cause TMJ disorder. Knowing what causes it can help you avoid getting it. Even if you’ve never had it before, you can easily end up with TMJ disorder if you’re not careful. Today, we’ll look at a few ways to spot and stop TMJ disorder.
What is it?
TMJ disorder is, at its most basic, irritation of the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. A lot of things can cause it, but regardless of the cause, a dentist can help treat it. The good news is that it’s not a disorder that you have to live with forever. There are ways to treat it.
What treatment options do I have?
When you come in to see Dr. Troy Walton for treatment, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from. If your TMJ disorder stems from clenching your teeth while sleeping, then a night guard might be the best choice for you.
Anti-inflammatory medication is also widely used, as is physical therapy. The team here at Redwood Dental in Providence, Utah, can help you determine which treatment option is going to provide you with the biggest long-term benefit.
Will it go away?
TMJ disorder can clear up on its own and come back without warning. But by staying on top of it and managing it actively like you are now, you’ll be able to minimize the discomfort it causes. If you need to learn more or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 435-571-0288. We can’t wait to help you!