TMJ & Myofascial Pain Treatment
The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge connecting your jawbone to your skull, allowing you to speak, eat, and yawn comfortably. When this joint becomes dysfunctional or inflamed, it can lead to TMJ disorder.
Myofascial pain refers to discomfort in the muscles that control jaw movement. It often manifests as muscle tightness or knots in the neck, shoulders, and face. These two conditions frequently go hand-in-hand and can cause significant pain and discomfort.
Symptoms and Causes of TMJ and Myofascial Pain
One of the most common symptoms of TMJ and myofascial pain is jaw pain itself. This may present as a dull ache or sharp shooting pains when opening or closing your mouth. Other symptoms include facial tenderness, headaches (especially around the temples), difficulty chewing or talking, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, and earache-like sensations without an infection present.
The causes behind TMJ and myofascial pain are varied but can be attributed to factors such as:
- teeth grinding/clenching (bruxism)
- arthritis affecting the joints
- injury/trauma to the area (such as whiplash)
- misalignment of teeth/jaw structure causing undue stress on certain muscles/joints.
Non-invasive Treatments for TMJ and Myofascial Pain
When it comes to treating TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and myofascial pain, you'll be pleased to know that there are non-invasive treatment options available. These treatments focus on relieving pain and improving jaw function without the need for surgical intervention.
One common non-invasive treatment is physical therapy, which involves exercises and stretches specifically designed to strengthen the jaw muscles and improve their range of motion. A physical therapist can guide you through these exercises, ensuring proper technique and maximizing their benefits.
Another approach is the use of oral appliances such as splints or mouthguards. These devices help to realign the jaw joint, reduce grinding or clenching, and alleviate pressure on the surrounding muscles. They can be custom-made by our dentists for a better fit and maximum efficiency.
Stress Management Techniques
Stress management techniques like relaxation exercises or meditation can also play a role in reducing muscle tension associated with TMJ and myofascial pain. By learning how to relax your body and mind, you may experience relief from symptoms such as headaches or facial discomfort.
It's important to note that not all non-invasive treatments will work equally well for everyone.
By understanding these conditions better and exploring various treatment options available, you can take control of your health journey toward finding relief from TMJ-related discomforts. Visit Daydream Family Dentistry at 519 S Missouri Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596, or call (956) 968-6561 to learn more about TMJ and myofascial pain treatment.