Among the most common, irritating and difficult to diagnose problems with head and neck pain are temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) problems. The temporomandibular joint is the most commonly used joint in the body, as it is necessary for your mouth to open and close properly. As such, it should come as no surprise that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is far from uncommon. In fact, over 75% of those living in the United States are currently living with TMD, commonly and incorrectly called TMJ, and many of those may not even realize they have a problem. This can cause further problems like sleep apnea. Luckily, Dr. Grin is able to treat your TMJ in Long Beach with dental sleep medicine.
Finding the cause to TMD is vital, as the treatment for TMD varies greatly depending on what is going wrong in your TMJ in Long Beach. Symptoms of TMD include headaches and earaches, as well as aching jaws and teeth. Many patients complain of teeth grinding, which can occur due to the joint working incorrectly to keep the jaws from colliding. TMD can also cause a distinct tick in the jaw, which sounds to some like a clicking or grating sound, and is often accompanied by pain when one tries to open and close their mouths. In some case, this can also cause sleep apnea and snoring, resulting in a sleep problem. Once diagnosed properly, treating your TMD and subsequent sleeping problem may include a simple placement of a nightguard made specifically from molds in your teeth, which sets your jaw in a better position and prevents pressure on the joint as well as prevents snoring.
Those who have been suffering from TMD for a prolonged time without treatment can develop tears in this cushioning disc, making jaw movement difficult and causing severe amounts of pain. Some may even develop sleep apnea or chronic snoring, and make also need help in treating their sleep problem. Patients with TMJ in Long Beach should not hesitate to contact Dr. Grin in order to stop these damages from becoming greater in scale.