Understanding and Coping with TMJ

iv-sedationAccording to the Mayo Clinic, TMJ-related pain most often occurs to women between 20 and 40 but can often strike other age groups. TMJ pain is disruptive to everyday functioning. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. It controls the up and down and side to side movement of your jaw. When it develops complications, the pain in your jaw or facial muscles may become difficult to ignore. Your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, treats TMJ disorders as well as a broad range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry needs. His comfortable office and caring staff provide amenities such as blankets and aromatherapy to put patients at ease so that every dental visit can be both productive and stress-free.

Symptoms of TMJ-related disorders

If you have problems with your TMJ, you may experience jaw pain, aching facial pain, pain when chewing, pain in or around your ears, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth. You jaw may produce clicking sounds when opening or closing. If your jaw pain persists or if you have difficulty fully opening or closing your mouth, Dr. Sabet recommends that you seek professional help.

The Possible Causes of TMJ

Your TMJ consists of the bones of the joint, the cartilage surrounding them, and a small disc that enables the joint to move freely. TMJ problems usually arise after trauma to the joint, deterioration of the cartilage possibly brought on by arthritis, or erosion or unusual positioning of the disc. People who grind their teeth or clench their jaw can develop TMJ because of the excessive force they exert on their jaw.

Treatment Options for TMJ Sufferers

Dr. Sabet will design a unique treatment plan that addresses your individual TMJ issues. He utilizes the “NTI-tss Plus,” a mouth guard that prevents you from grinding your teeth during sleep. He may also treat you with a Bite Adjustment. For patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaws, Dr. Sabet may suggest counseling or relaxation techniques to give patients methods to better manage stress. For pain relief, he may advise using pain relievers or muscle relaxants.

About Our Doctor

If you would like to speak to Dr. Alexander Sabet about your experience with TMJ pain, call our office or schedule a consultation at (760) 724-9117. We welcome and treat patients coming from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Escondido.