TMJ disorders are those related to the temporomandibular joint, which acts as the hinge that connects the jaw bone to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. A disorder with the TMJ can cause pain and restricted movement as a result of the pain.
The cause of these disorders is not currently known, but is believed to be a combination of factors including arthritis, genetics, and/or a jaw injury. People with jaw pain tend to clench their jaw or grind their teeth, which only serves to intensify the problem.
The pain from TMJ is normally temporary and comes and goes. It can be relieved with self-care and does not require surgery in most cases. However, some people do benefit from surgical options. Overall, there are an estimated 35 million people diagnosed with TMJ in the United States alone. The vast majority of them are women.
In addition to TMJ, chronic facial pain and migraines are a significant problem with adults. Primarily women, in the United States. While you should go to your doctor to discuss your specific options, there are a number of periodontal services that can alleviate the pain of TMJ, facial pain, migraines.
These periodontal services include options to reduce or eliminate teeth grinding and clenching the jaw. Both of these actions cause a high degree of tension in the joints that can cause radiating paint throughout the face and jaw. Additionally, the tension of clenching can impact the neck and other muscles that contribute to migraines and tension headaches.
Chronic headache treatment and facial pain management can mean a lot of different things to different patients depending on the underlying causes of the problem. Many do not realize the extent of the problem they are experiencing or how periodontal services can help, but they can and it is worth discussing with healthcare providers.
Once a proper diagnosis is made, there are many options in TMJ treatment that your doctor can explain to you. Your doctor may refer you to a TMJ treatment center, where they are more specialized in pin pointing the source of your pain and matching you with the treatment you sincerely need. There is no reason anyone should live with pain. Because TMJ pain is often infrequent, many do not report the pain to their physicians, which means the millions of people that have been diagnosed may be a low estimate of the actual number of people suffering from this condition.
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