The pain from TMJ disorder can be excruciating and make life difficult. While treating it is one of our specialties at Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN, patients often wonder why they have the condition. Unfortunately, the reasons can be hard to pin down.
There is no single cause for TMJ disorder, which is pain in the temporomandibular joint. Arthritis is a common cause. So is teeth grinding or clenching. Trauma, like injury from an automobile accident, can also result in TMJ disorder.
Treatment Is Necessary
No matter the cause, most TMJ cases have one thing in common: it is a chronic, degenerative condition that must be treated. It is not likely that it will get better on its own.
Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder are:
- Pain or tenderness of the ear, jaw, jaw joints and facial muscles
- Pain, and/or a locking sensation when opening the jaw
- Pain with chewing
- Clicking or popping noises when opening the jaw
Most cases of TMJ disorder can be successfully treated with non-invasive methods. These include oral appliance therapy, orthodontics, and relaxation techniques.
An accurate diagnosis is an important first step toward effective treatment. If you or someone close to you shows signs of TMJ disorder, please call Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN to schedule an appointment!