TMJ, also known as Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, is a common problem. TMJ can occur in anyone, but generally occurs in women between the ages of twenty and forty. Dr. Chetna K. Desai, DDS at Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City offers treatment for the relief of TMJ.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that allow you to open and close your mouth. You have TMJ when you have persistent problems with or pain in the joint or the muscles that allow you to move your jaw.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?
If you have TMJ, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Pain in your jaw
- Pain around your ear
- Pain in your face
- Pain or difficulty with chewing
- The joint may lock
- A clicking sound made from your jaw
When should TMJ be Treated?
If you are having unrelenting pain that is not controlled with over the counter pain medication, then it is time to seek professional treatment for your TMJ. You should also seek treatment if you are unable to open or close your mouth completely.
If your jaw locks and you are unable to open or close it at all, then you need to seek emergency treatment. Call us immediately at (410) 480-9111 or go the emergency room.
When you seek treatment for TMJ, Dr. Desai will do a thorough examination and develop a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. The treatment plan may include medications like pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or sedatives. He may recommend a bite guard or physical therapy. He may also counsel you on behaviors that may be aggravating your TMJ, such as chewing gum, nail biting, grinding your teeth, or even just leaning on your chin.
TMJ can be very painful and complex, but you are not alone. If you feel you can no longer manage your TMJ symptoms at home, then it is time to give Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City a call at (410) 480-9111. We will help you find relief!