Your lower jaw is connected to your skull by one of the most complex joints in the body. Unfortunately this joint is vulnerable to localized pain, the cause of which may be mysterious. Known as the TMJ in short form, we have effective treatment for this joint pain at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN.
Referred to as TMJ Disorder or TMJ/TMD, it’s a condition affecting more than ten million people in the United States alone. While the cause is often hard to pinpoint, TMJ/TMD falls into three main categories:
- Myofascial pain involves the muscles used to control the jaw.
- Arthritis. The jaw is susceptible to painful degenerative or inflammatory disorders.
- Injury or Accident. TMJ/TMD pain may result from trauma.
TMJ/TMD pain often responds well to treatment you can do at home. Ice packs and over-the-counter medications are known to be effective in many cases. Stretching and massage therapy can also relieve discomfort.
Another strategy is relaxation: through meditation, for example, or yoga.
Medical options include dental splints, prescription medications, and physical therapy. Surgery has been effective too, but is seen as a last resort.
At Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN we have had great success with oral appliances that are fitted to the upper or lower teeth. We use a TMJ X-ray for the most accurate diagnosis possible. From there we can develop a treatment plan that works. Call our officed to schedule an appointment today!