What Are TMJ Disorders?

tmj disorder the woodlands txTMJ disorders may be impacting you without you even knowing it. An orthodontist in The Woodlands using TruDenta technologies may be able to help you determine whether the symptoms you are suffering from relate to TMJ disorders, even if your jaw itself does not hurt.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your head. It is a unique part of the body. It can exert up to 260 pounds of force at the molars, and it has one of the most complex structures of all your body's joints. If it is not precisely balanced, this joint won't let your jaw move up and down or side-to-side properly, causing pain to refract in your head and neck region.

TMJ Causes

There are many ways to throw off the mechanics of your temporomandibular joint, a complex system of muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Too much stress may cause you to clench your jaw for long periods of time. It is also feasible that trauma inflicted on this region through an injury or a dental or orthodontic procedure could misalign the joint. Some people experience problems because they grind their teeth. Sometimes the tissues and muscles change as you grow older.

TMJ Symptoms

When the temporomandibular joint is not in balance, it can limit your ability to properly move your jaw, which may cause your jaw to lock, click, or pop. Pain may result in the face, neck, and ears, as well as in the jaw itself. About 10 million Americans are estimated to suffer from TMJ symptoms. These issues range in nature from migraines to tinnitus, and the discomfort can be chronic.

TMJ Treatments

Given how many people suffer from this disorder, many treatments have been developed to reduce discomfort. Sedatives, muscle relaxers, and pain relievers may help relax the jaw. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed to help alleviate the symptoms and relieve pain. In some cases, custom mouth guards that prevent grinding and clenching of the jaw may be recommended. But for the most effective and long-lasting relief, more and more orthodontists are using TruDenta technologies. Orthodontists can analyze your bite force and range of motion and develop a TruDenta treatment plan that may include ultrasound, cold laser, microcurrent, and trigger point manipulation techniques.

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