TMJ disorder is a blanket term used to describe discomfort, pain or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Common symptoms include soreness or a feeling of tension near the temples, in front of the ears, or within the joint itself. Many people suffering with TMJ disorder will also complain of pain in the joints when biting down hard.
The underlying cause of the TMJ disorder will dictate the treatment strategy advocated by Dr. Adrienne Fang.
One of the more common causes of temporomandibular distress might result from grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis. This might not be the only cause, but it could also exacerbate symptoms from a related TMJ issue.
Chronic pressure on the joints and tension in surrounding muscles can cause inflammation and pain. In a situation like this, your doctor might recommend using a night guard when you sleep at night. This is a soft, plastic mouthpiece that you insert in your mouth when you sleep. It cushions the surfaces of the teeth while also allowing a little slip. This can help mitigate some of your TMJ disorder symptoms.
If you live in the Valencia, California, area and you are experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 661-253-0588 to seek treatment at Adrienne L. Fang, DDS.