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Dealing with TMJ Disorders

Dealing with TMJ DisordersTemporomandibular disorders affect the joint that runs along the side of the face and connects the jaw to the skull. This joint allows the jaw to move from side to side or up and down fluidly and comfortably. The TMJ, which is considered one of the most important joints in the body, can begin to deteriorate as the cartilage discs experience wear, shift or slip out of place. As the joint becomes inflamed and the nerves irritated, you may experience pain, discomfort and a wide variety of symptoms. Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, can provide you with treatment options designed to restore joint health and improve function.
 

Risk Factors

Repetitive motions such as those associated with eating are not enough to increase your risk of developing TMJ disorders. However, they can increase vulnerability. Misaligned teeth, arthritis, bruxism, car accidents and a direct hit to the jaw can also increase your risk of TMJ disorders.


Symptoms

Pain in the jaw joint may be the most noticeable symptom of TMJ disorders. The jaw joint may also pop loudly when the mouth is opened. Ear pain, headaches, facial pain, neck aches and shoulder pains can also indicate problems with the TMJ. A jaw that locks, loose teeth, worn teeth or a suddenly misaligned bite may be symptoms as well.


Treatments

Warm compresses, anti-inflammatory drugs and a soft diet can help reduce pain and inflammation. Dr. Mirani, specialist for TMJ disorders in Beverly Hills, may recommend stretching, using an orthopedic splint or trying other non-invasive treatments to ease pain and inflammation. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Contact us today to learn more.

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