The Importance of Identifying TMJ disorders for treatment in Wrentham, MA
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, serves as a sliding axis connecting your jawbone to your skull.
Several problems can begin to surface with the TMJ which may cause anything from general discomfort to far more serious complications. If you believe you are experiencing any issues with your temporomandibular joint, you should give Dr. Rawat and his team at Advanced Dental Practices in Wrentham, MA a call so that you can be checked out.
It can be quite difficult to determine specific causes of a TMJ disorder due there being several possibilities. TMJ disorders can be caused by factors such as genetics or arthritis, among others. There is good news too, though, which includes the fact that most TMJ disorders are temporary and can be treated through self-management and non-invasive, non-surgical methods.
It’s important for you to have a basic understanding of some of the symptoms which could be pointing to a TMJ disorder. The sooner you can recognize a symptom of TMJ, the sooner you can get it looked at and treated. Some symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain/Tenderness of the jaw
- Pain/Tenderness in one or both of your TMJ
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Chewing is difficult and painful
- Facial pains/aches
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth due to the joint locking
You may also be able to identify a TMJ disorder through audible clicking of the jaw or grating sensations when you chew or open your mouth. If there is no pain/discomfort or movement limitations, you can probably take comfort I knowing this is not a TMJ disorder. You should continue to monitor your situation though, just in case.
Causes of TMJ
TMJ disorders may occur when:
- The disk moves out of proper position/alignment
- Arthritis damages the joint’s cartilage
- There is damage to the joint due to impact
Dr. Rawat at Advanced Dental Practices in Wrentham, MA is available for you to discuss any TMJ problems you are facing as well as possible treatment options. Give him a call today at (508) 456-7111 to schedule an appointment. You don’t want to wait when it comes to TMJ disorders.