What is a TMJ Disorder?
The joint in TMJ enables people to talk and chew food. Because of this, when a person has temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, they will experience pain, inflammation, and/or irritation at their jaw joint.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms and Causes
- Jaw pain just below the ears (worsens while chewing or yawning)
- Swelling at the temporomandibular joint
- Facial aches and pains
- TMJ locking (difficult to open/close the mouth)
TMJ disorder may be caused by an injury to the jaw or poorly fitting dentures; it may also be caused by muscle fatigue from clenching teeth, grinding teeth, or arthritis.
TMJ Disorder Consequences
TMJ disorder can be extremely painful, especially when chewing food. Because of this, an individual may be required to eat softer foods. As the mouth opens and closes, the TMJ disorder can also make a clicking sound or cause grating sensation.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
The aches and pains that are experienced due to TMJ disorder can be improved with nonsurgical treatments. In severe TMJ disorders, ice, heat, and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) may help with pain.
However, it may be necessary to treat TMJ disorder with dental or surgical interventions.
If you or a loved one has experienced TMJ disorder, please contact our attorneys for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
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