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 and your treat sleeping problem in Torrance.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can be defined simply as any hindrance your body has developed which impedes the complex workings of the TMJ from functioning properly. Like all other joints in the body, the TMJ is subject to inflammation and other chronic joint problems. This joint in particular is located near the ear where the top of the mandible or lower jaw meets the upper jaw at the base of the skull, allowing your mouth to open and shut properly. Many of these issues may be caused by destructive bite habits like clenching or grinding. These actions cause pressure on the joint that can lead to inflammation and general breakdown of the joint itself. What makes temporomandibular jaw disorder so common is that this condition can be caused in numerous ways, as the muscle system is complex and put on constant stress in our daily lives. Finding the cause to TMD is vital, as the treatment for TMD varies greatly depending on what is going wrong in your TMJ. 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 treat sleeping problem in Torrance may include a simple placement of a night guard 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 treat sleeping problem in Torrance. Patients with TMD should not hesitate to contact Dr. Grin in order to stop these damages from becoming greater in scale.