popping and clicking that you hear when you move your jaw may be an
indication of an abnormality in the joint. Many cases of TMJ are mild
are only cause occasional symptoms. Moderate to severe cases of TMJ
can cause more serious problems, including severe pain, sleep
disruption, and lockjaw. Here’s what you should know about TMJ
of the Temporal Mandibular Joint
The temporal mandibular joints let you open and close your mouth, chew food, and speak clearly. You have this joint on either side of your jaw. The pain and popping sound is caused by the joint slipping or sticking within the cavity. Common causes of TML disorder are arthritis, stress, injury, grinding the teeth, poor jaw and tooth alignment, and dislocation of the joint.
and Don’ts of TMJ
you have TMJ, you should speak to your dentist about possible
treatments. You may need a mouth guard to prevent grinding.
Medications can help with any inflammation in the joint. Your dentist
may want to take x-rays to see if you have any damage inside the
joint. You should not press against the jaw joint or continuously pop
the joint. This will worsen the damage and may prevent you from
opening and closing your mouth. You should avoid hard foods that put
pressure on the jaw joint.
the most extreme cases of TMJ, surgery is recommended to repair the
joint. You may need orthodontic treatments to align the teeth and
More About TMJ Treatment in Middleton, WI
The TMJ and Sleep Center specializes in TMJ treatment for Middleton, WI, residents. Call us for more information and schedule an appointment. You can also visit us on the web at Tmjpaincenter.com.
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