TMJ Treatment in Toledo
The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint, and has many muscles controlling it. Many people experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be sharp right in the area of the joint, or it may feel like an earache. It may be persistent, and often severe, headaches result. People with TMJ problems may also experience muscles spasms in the neck, back or shoulders. Few people realize that chronic migraine headaches are often the result of TMJ problems. If you’re experiencing these types of pain or other TMJ dysfunction-related symptoms, Dental Group West in Toledo, Ohio can help with TMJ therapy.
What kinds of symptoms might you look for?
- Clicking or popping jaw joint
- Ear pain or congestion
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic headaches
- Wearing of the teeth
A bad bite or persistent grinding or clenching of teeth can cause TMJ. Grinding and clenching seems to be related to stress. Correcting a poor bite and reducing stress in our lives would be ideal options for treatment; however, patients often need relief immediately. At Dental Group West, we will present you with options for non-surgical TMJ therapy, such as custom nightguards for grinding and clenching that can help reduce pain and suffering. Grinding can also damage teeth, even causing tooth loss, so if your TMJ problems are related to clenching and grinding it, is essential to seek out TMJ therapy.
Basically, grinding, clenching, and a bad bite can cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked. They then become fatigued and begin to spasm. That is when the pain begins. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain; a massage of the muscles, moist heat, and even physical therapy can also help.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is not wise to ignore them or attempt to cope with them on your own. It can get worse without warning, and permanent damage to the joint can occur as a result, which may require surgery. We encourage you to contact our Toledo, Ohio dental office to find out more about your symptoms and what kinds of TMJ therapy might help alleviate your problems. For Toledo and Bowling Green patients, Dental Group West is a trusted source for a range of general dentistry treatments, including TMJ therapy.