When you notice jaw pain following a fall, blow to the face or whiplash injury, consider seriously. You might be having the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. If the damage is left untreated, the condition gets worse and difficult to correct. Visit a dentist when you notice the symptoms of TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is the place where the lower jawbone connects to the skull. It includes the bones of the jaw and skull, the cartilage and other soft tissues and the muscles and tendons that move the jaw and hold it in place.
TMJ complex can get inflamed or strained resulting in-
These problems are referred to as temporomandibular disorder or temporomandibular syndrome.
TMD may be caused by arthritis or by habitual actions, such as clenching or grinding your teeth. The disorder can result in TMJ injury or trauma. Trauma is a severe physical injury which is caused by a sudden impact or violent motion.
A TMJ injury is divided into 3 categories:
Stretching your TMJ for overtime can put a strain on the muscles and tendons of the joint, which makes them inflamed. Several types of injuries that can lead to TMJ symptoms:
Whiplash is caused by forceful forward and back movement of the head and neck.
Seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don’t notice any symptoms. If you have symptoms such as pain or difficulty moving your jaw, visit a TMJ specialist. Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.
Plaza Family Dental has been treating TMJ problems. Contact them to schedule a consultation.