The jaw joint–known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)–is one of the most complicated and most oftenly used joints in the body, which leaves it vulnerable to overuse injuries and dysfunction.
The TMJ is where the jaw (mandible) connects to the skull. This joint allows us to speak, chew, and swallow most commonly. The TMJ is capable of applying and sustaining immense amounts of pressure. However, this pressure combined with near-constant use of the jaw joint can lead to TMJ disorders and chronic pain.
Signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder may vary from patient to patient, but the most common symptoms include:
The hallmark of a TMJ disorder is chronic jaw pain that persists even when you’re not actively using your jaw. If you’re experiencing chronic jaw pain, then call our Castro Valley Dental Home team immediately. The sooner we can treat your TMJ disorder, the sooner you’ll get much-needed relief from the pain and tension.
A TMJ disorder isn’t just painful–it can disrupt your daily life, too. That’s why Dr. Matthew Yuen works hard to help patients treat their TMJ pain and reclaim their health and lives.
There are many ways that dental and medical professionals can treat TMJ disorders, such as:
In severe cases, the above treatments may not be enough to relieve TMJ pain. In those instances, Dr. Yuen may refer patients to another specialist, such as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Regardless, our entire Castro Valley Dental Home dental team will work tirelessly to find the best treatment for you.
Patients can do several things to prevent jaw pain and TMJ disorders, such as:
Without proper intervention, a TMJ disorder can drastically affect your day-to-day life. The joint can wear down over time, causing persistent discomfort or pain. So, be proactive–schedule an appointment to discuss TMJ treatment options with our caring dentists. Call 510-886-3888 to get started now!
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