Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

The treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders is the treatment of the sudden deterioration of the harmony between the Temporomandibular Joint, that connects the lower jaw and the upper jaw, and the tissues surrounding it. If they are left untreated, it may lead to trismus (jaw locking). It is possible to experience severe symptoms. The sooner the treatment is started, the more beneficial it will be. The purpose of the treatment; is for the patient to regain normal and painless jaw functions. Cooperation with the patient is very important within this process. Treatment is determined according to the degree of disorder. Soon after the cause of the disorder is eliminated, the complaints decrease and disappear. In most cases, the following treatments should also be used all together. Any of these may not be effective alone.

  • Soft foods diet: The pressure on the temporomandibular joint should be reduced by consuming foods that do not require much chewing.
  • Ice packs, exercise and heat applications will be good for the troubled area.
  • Medicines: Medicines prescribed by the dentist as painkillers can be consumed to stop muscle pain and prevent contraction of the jaw muscles.
  • Botolinium Toxin (Botox) application: It is an application that prevents teeth clenching by reducing the activation of chewing muscles that cause tension.

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Inflammation

There are a few symptoms seen in joint inflammation before the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders. They are as follows: Symptoms such as constant ear pain, pain in the cheeks, tinnitus, dizziness, intensive temple  headaches, pain radiating to the neck, difficulty in opening the jaw, jaw popping, lockjaw, jaw dislocations, imbalanced jaw . The treatment is very important.

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