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What Is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, is an articulating joint between the skull and the jaw. It is located at the front of the ear. If an injury is sustained on this joint, it might cause a lot of pain during chewing, biting and even talking if the injury is severe. TMJ Treatment Los Angeles has gained popularity in the public owing to increased cases of TMJ disorders.

For the best TMJ treatment in the city, you can rely on Wilshire Smile Studio. A TMJ disorder is usually characterized by a sharp pain in the jaw joint, jaw popping, constant headaches, locking of the Jaw joint, stiff or sore jaw muscles and popping sound in the ears when moving your jaw. A TMJ disorder can be treated by a specialized oral surgeon through maxillofacial surgery.

Causes of a TMJ disorder

It is not certain what really causes the TMJ joint to start aching. Some dentists attribute it to both physical and mental factors. Injury to the joint may cause the joint to become dysfunctional and start aching. In TMJ treatment Los Angeles, most cases are a result of physical factors that affect the joint.

These physical factors include; poor posture, orthodontic braces, excessive and repetitive chewing, misalignment of the jaw or teeth and bruxism (teeth grinding). TMJ disorder can also be caused by increased pressure on the teeth and jaw due to stress or anxiety. Dental professionals, however, are not certain whether these conditions directly or only remotely affect the cause of TMJ disorder.

Diagnosis

Wilshire Smile Studio based in Los Angeles has experienced doctors in TMJ treatment Los Angeles making them the best option for your treatment. Before the dentists can start treatment, they have to check for the cause and severity of the problem. The dentist may use an MRI scan to observe the placement of the TMJ and determine which kind of treatment is necessary. If necessary, the dentist may consult a fellow professional e.g. orthodontists or ear, nose and eye doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment of TMJ disorder

TMJ can be treated by either home methods or medical methods. Medication given for TMJ disorders is usually effective for reducing pain and not necessarily curing the condition. Here are a few of the credible treatments used in TMJ disorders
Muscle relaxers: Dentists may prescribe muscle relaxers to reduce the tension on the jaw making the TMJ less painful. These muscle relaxers include metaxalone, cyclobenzaprine etc.

TMJ arthroscopy

This is a minor oral surgery that is applied to the jaw and is done in an outpatient facility. After the procedure, the patient will recover after about a week. If the TMJ is damaged severely, it may require to be removed completely and replaced through surgery. This may take up to 5 weeks to recover.

Anti-inflammatory medication

Anti-inflammatory medication can be used to reduce inflammation caused by the TMJ disorder. This will help reduce pain and discomfort during chewing and biting.

Physical therapy

TMJ Treatment Los Angeles can be rectified by recommended jaw exercises. These physical exercises help to improve jaw flexibility and motion of the jaw.

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