The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull. It’s an important joint, and it’s easily irritated. Any feeling of pain or irritation in this joint is known as TMJ disorder.
A lot of different things can cause TMJ disorder. Knowing what causes it can help you avoid getting it. TMJ disorder can show up in those who’ve never had it before. Today, we’re going to look at what it is and how it’s treated.
What is it?
TMJ disorder is, at its most basic, irritation of the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. A lot of things can cause it, but regardless of the cause, a dentist can help treat it. While it can be a chronic condition, there are a ton of different ways to take care of it.
What treatment options do I have?
When you come in to see Dr. Tyler Christopherson for treatment, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from. A lot of TMJ disorder cases stem from clenched teeth while sleeping in that case, a night guard is a great treatment option.
Anti-inflammatory medication is also widely used, as is physical therapy. The team here at Christopherson Family Dentistry in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, will be you with every step of the way to determine what’s the best long-term treatment option.
Will it go away?
TMJ disorder can clear up on its own and come back without warning. But by staying on top of it and managing it actively like you are now, you’ll be able to minimize the discomfort it causes. If you need to learn more or want to schedule an appointment, call us today at 715-952-5920. We can’t wait to help you!