Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ for short, is very long phrase that simply means that the hinge that connects the upper jaw to the lower jaw is not working as it should. It may be hard to recognize TMJ, since there are so many symptoms. Many times, the symptoms can be related to other problems. But some signs of TMJ include headaches or earaches, a clicking sensation when you open your mouth, and jaws that “lock” from time to time. Since many there are so many TMJ symptoms, the best course of action is to have an examination by a dentist, who can then make a diagnosis. Dr. Ravi Aulakh at AZ Dental in San Jose, California will take an x-ray of your jaw to see if you have a TMJ disorder.
The good news is that in many cases, people who have TMJ disorders experience temporary symptoms, and they may go away over time. However, Dr. Aulakh may prescribe certain soft foods, the application of ice packs or moist heat, and even some exercises that might help relieve the problem. In some cases, the dentist may prescribe some medications or may suggest using a splint that can fit over your teeth. The splint, when properly used, will make it harder for you to clench your teeth, and take some pressure off your jaw.
Remember, just as there are many symptoms of TMJ, there are many treatments. You will need to work with the doctor to find the treatment that will work for you. If you are concerned that you might be dealing with TMJ, or are experiencing some of the symptoms, contact our office at 408-295-1100. We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with the doctor.