Posted On 11/21/2018 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is as important as it is problematic. It's important because it connects the skull to the jaw and helps with things like chewing, biting, and opening and closing the mouth. However, this joint is also problematic and many people experience TMJ pain as a result. TMJ pain ranges from minor to severe, and it's a pain that can be temporary or long-term. This post will take a closer look at TMJ pain, risk factors and how it's treated.
TMJ pain varies from mild to severe, but the signs and symptoms stay fairly consistent. Here's a look at some of the key signs and symptoms of TMJ:
Learn more about the signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction.
Technically, everyone is at risk for TMJ dysfunction. However, there are certain factors that can put people more at risk for developing TMJ disorder symptoms than others. Some of these risk factors include:
How is TMJ pain treated? It's worth noting that for the majority of people, TMJ pain will eventually go away on its own, making it just a temporary inconvenience. However, until it does (or if it persists long-term), there are other ways it can be managed and treated. Here's a brief overview:
Learn more about how fast you can expect to get relief from TMJ pain.
If TMJ pain is becoming a bother to the point where it's affecting your quality of life, it's best to see a dentist today. For more information on the TMJ and managing pain associated with it, contact Kanehl Dental.
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