Doctors for Tmj in New Cotton Market, Hubli-Dharwad
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TMJ is used for defining a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. It is a type of hinge which joins your jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. All associated problems with this joint are termed as TMJ and includes trouble in talking, chewing, moving your jaws or even swallowing. The pain usually starts right below the ears. You would experience kind of a lock in this area followed with tenderness.
HOW IS TMJ DIAGNOSED?
TMJ is diagnosed by a general physician who would ask you to open and shut your jaws. One may also suggest an X-ray to check for bone problems.
HOW IS TMJ TREATED?
The following treatments may be advised:
• exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles
• medications prescribed by the dentist, for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
• a night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.
• In some cases, the dentist may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also be recommended. The dentist can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rheumatic disease, such as arthritis, may also affect the temporomandibular joint as a secondary condition. Rheumatic diseases refer to a large group of disorders that cause pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints, muscles, and bone. Arthritis and some TMJ disorders involve inflammation of the tissues that line the joints. The exact relationship between these conditions is not known.