TMJ Awareness: What 10 Million People Need to Know

This November, we bring awareness to TMJ disorders with National TMJ Month at Avalon Family Dentistry.  That’s 30 days of raising awareness about the subtle evils that pain approximately 10 million Americans (most of them women) who suffer from TMJ.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJTMJ(Tempromandibular Joint) disorder is a condition with various levels of intensity that affects the muscles and joints that connect the jaw to the skull.

Symptoms may include:

  • Jaw Pain
  • Pain and tiredness of facial muscles (including ears)
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty opening (or closing) your mouth comfortably
  • Muscles pains including neck and shoulders

What Causes TMJ?

All symptoms stem from imbalances of the facial and other associated muscles.  Stress is commonly the main culprit here (which is no surprise in this modern era), as lactic acid accumulates in overworked muscles, causing them to ache and spasm.

How to Take Action Against TMJ Disorder

custom-night-guard3-300x191First, you should seek to restore the best resting position for the jaw.  Your Federal Way dentist, Dr. Lee, may have you use a soft non-visible splint or mouth guard coupled with muscle relaxants to dissipate the pain or headache until the specific problem is identified.  Then, simple treatment methods and rehabilitation are introduced until the problem is resolved and your aches are hopefully gone for good.

If any of the symptoms above resonated with you, consult with us at Avalon Family Dentistry to discuss the proper route to treating these problems before they get worse!  Call us today to schedule your appointment at 253-941-6365

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