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TMJ -- What Is It?
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a common condition that affects the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint is responsible for allowing you to open and close your mouth, and it plays a crucial role in many everyday activities, such as speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
TMJ syndrome can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Symptoms can include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and headaches. TMJ syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, arthritis, or teeth grinding.
Treatment for TMJ syndrome varies depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. In some cases, simple self-care measures such as eating soft foods, using ice or heat packs, and practicing relaxation techniques can provide relief. In more severe cases, medication or physical therapy may be recommended. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary.
Preventing TMJ syndrome can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Avoiding excessive gum chewing and teeth grinding can help prevent TMJ syndrome. Practicing good posture and stress management techniques can also be helpful.
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ syndrome, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, TMJ syndrome can lead to chronic pain and other complications. Dr. Marchetti can help you determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.