Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint. They can be the cause of facial pain and discomfort. Indeed, when the TMJ does not properly function, the jaw won’t smoothly open and shut, closely affecting common tasks such as eating and speaking.

Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

Do you have  TMJ Disorder?

  • Do you experience teeth clenching or grinding?
  • Frequent neck or headaches?
  • Do you get morning soreness or stiffness in the jaw?
  • Does clenching your teeth increase the pain?
  • Does stress impact your symptoms?
  • Do you experience clicks, locks or pops in the jaw?
  • Do you have difficulty eating or yawning?
  • Have you suffered an injury to the jaw area?
  • Do you have teeth that have lost the ability to touch when biting?
  • Difficulty biting food with front teeth?
  • Are your teeth loose, broken or sensitive?

Answering yes to many of these common symptoms can mean you have TMJ disorder but you should consult with a professional first.

TMJ Treatment

First and foremost we concentrate on relieving the muscle spasm and joint pain. The best methods for this involve the use of pain relief, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory care. Self care is also very important with and we can inform you on jaw exercises, better dietary choices, good posture and jaw rest.

Often times stress plays a major role in TMJ. Biofeedback, physiotherapy and temporary relievers like splints can also be considered.

Surgery is rarely required except in extreme circumstances.

Call for an appointment with Dr Akbiyik today. His expertise in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders can help you have a healthier, more comfortable jaw.

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