Kennesaw, Georgia – While TMJ disorder is a common ailment, many people do not recognize the symptoms and continue to suffer. As part of their social awareness responsibility, 1st Choice Dental Care has put together a fact sheet to get everyone informed.
TMJ is an acronym for the Temporo Mandibular Joint. It is located between the lower and upper jaw. Within the joint, there is cartilage that cushions the joint when someone opens and closes their mouth, move their jaw from side to side, speak, or chew food.
TMJ disorder occurs if the cartilage within the joint erodes, slips or swells. It will cause pain and the jaw will not function correctly.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder make it easy for anyone to identify the problem, which is the first cause of action for treatment. The cartilage is not functioning properly; people can experience a clicking sound in the jaw, throbbing headaches, earaches, pain or tenderness in the jaw, soreness in the neck and shoulders, and painful chewing. It may be difficult to open the mouth wide or the jaw may lock up.
TMJ disorders are caused by arthritis, stress, teeth grinding, a misaligned bite, braces or other orthodontic work. It can also be caused by poor postures, such as continually looking down at a computer.
There are a number of things someone can do when they suspect they have a TMJ disorder. First, they can try some self-care steps at home. These include gentle massage to the joint area, applying a cold pack, avoiding foods that require a lot of chewing, reducing stress in daily life, and maintaining a good posture at work.
If these simple steps do not help the pain, the patient can make an appointment with their dentist to discuss other options for TMJ treatment.
People who think they may be suffering from TMJ can reach out to First Choice Dental Care, who can help them get a diagnosis and find solutions. Make an appointment online or contact their office here.
About 1st Choice Dental Care
1st Choice Dental Care of Kennesaw and 1st Choice Dental Care of Woodstock has been serving dental clients since 2006. With over 300 5 Star Google reviews, they have an excellent online reputation because of their continued commitment to pain-free and gentle services.
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