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09.17.2014

Identifying and Treating TMJ Symptoms

 

Serenity Dental is a dental office located in Rocklin, California dedicated to providing the entire family with quality dental service. We understand that day to day life can put your mouth under a lot of stress, which can lead to disorders such as TMJ. With the help of your local Rocklin dentist, you can get to the bottom of your jaw pain and learn how to treat your TMJ symptoms.

What is TMJ? 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is what connects your jaw bone to your skull. Without this joint, eating, talking, yawning and more would be impossible. When you begin to experience pain in this joint, it can make it hard to go about your daily routines. Even simple tasks such as eating breakfast or speaking with a coworker can become troublesome and painful. Specifically, TMJ is any disorder that affects your ability to use your jaw joint normally.

Understanding Your Symptoms

There is not always a direct reason for someone’s TMJ symptoms, but the treatment plan is usually the same across the board. Usually, the pain can be relieved with simple non-surgical treatments. However, when left untreated, TMJ can worsen, which could lead to the immediate need of emergency dental care. Holistic dentistry, which provides dental services that take into account how the mouth affects the health of the entire body, is also an option for advanced TMJ problems. Common symptoms of this condition include the following:

· Aching pains in the face

· Lockjaw—or locking of the joint which makes it difficult to open and close the mouth

· Difficulty or discomfort when chewing

· Pain in and around the ears

· Pain and tenderness around the jaw

· Pressure behind the eyes

· Congestion of the ears

· Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)

· Popping around the joints

· Headaches/Migraines

· Vertigo (dizziness)

These symptoms can be caused by arthritis, a jaw injury, or even clenching and grinding your teeth frequently.

Choose Serenity Dental

At our dental office, you’ll find an environment that’s as soothing as it is professional. We want to create a wonderful experience for you and your family, no matter what oral problems you may be experiencing. To fully understand what is causing your TMJ symptoms, make an appointment with one of our qualified practitioners at Serenity Dental.

 

 

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