Medications for TMJ: do they work?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition caused by a problem with the jaw joints. TMJ can cause:
Medications for TMJ can be prescribed and they include pain-relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen that are also used for other types of pain. Medications can provide temporary relief, but the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder are usually require treatment to resolve the problem instead of just concealing the pain.
What causes TMJ disorder?
Your jaw joints go to work the minute you are born and let out that first cry. Throughout your life, your TM joints work to let you speak, eat, yawn and smile.
Your TM joints move smoothly because of soft discs of tissue that protect them, but, if there is a problem with how the joint functions, these discs can become worn, causing friction when you move your jaws. The TM joints can also be damaged by injury or accident, or they can be overworked if you have missing teeth or a bad bite.
Correcting the TMJ problem
TMJ is a complex condition caused by many factors. Pain relief in the form of medication is a good way to deal with TMJ pain quickly, but taking steps to find out what’s causing the problem can help you find more permanent relief.
The first step to finding effective TMJ treatment is to undergo an in depth examination of your mouth, teeth and jaws. Putting tight jaw muscles at rest through the use of a TENS machine can also help your health care provider understand what’s going on under the surface.
One the cause has been determined your Edmonton dentist can help steer you towards TMJ treatment options.
What kinds of TMJ treatment options are available?
A common TMJ treatment option is a dental mouthpiece called a splint. A splint is custom fitted by a dentist and can be worn while you sleep and, in some cases, during the day as well. The splint gently moves your teeth and jaws into optimum position to relieve stress on the jaws and provide relief from TMJ pain and symptoms.
A splint does not make any permanent change to your teeth or your bite. If permanent change to your bite is recommended for long-term relief from TMJ symptoms without the need for a splint, this can, in some cases, be accomplished with orthodontics or other dental treatments.
Find long-lasting relief from TMJ pain
Medications for TMJ can be prescribed for quick relief from TMJ pain, but seeking a long-term solution should be considered as well. If you have jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, popping sounds in your jaws or difficulty opening your mouth, call for a consultation appointment. We can discuss TMJ and determine if a TMJ treatment plan could help to reslove your pain.
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