Do you have undiagnosed neck pain that is making you suffer? You have tried different medications and methods but there seems to be no relief? It is a less known fact that millions of people worldwide suffer neck pains due to a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).
The pain caused by a TMJ condition originates in the jaws and spreads to other neighbouring regions including shoulders and deep down to neck pain.
The TMJ joint is responsible for jaw movements and related activities. It could occur due to three reasons
The TMJ condition can be diagnosed through a TMJ specialist who is a dentist trained to treat these conditions. The TMJ specialist might recommend –
The dentist might recommend you different treatments based on your condition.
You may get referred to an oral surgeon who specializes in surgery in and around the entire face, mouth, and jaw area. Or you could be recommended to an orthodontist to ensure your teeth, muscles, and joints work as they should.
Your dentist may prescribe higher doses of NSAIDs for easing pain and swelling. Anti-anxiety medicines to relieve stress, as well as muscle relaxants.
These are plastic mouthpieces to be put over your upper and lower teeth, so they don’t touch, therefore reducing clenching or grinding and correcting your bite.
TENS uses low-level electrical currents to provide pain relief by relaxing your jaw joint and facial muscles.
Deep heat is applied to the joint to relieve its soreness and improve mobility.
These are pain relief medicines injected into tender facial muscles called “trigger points”.
The Radio waves stimulate the joint increasing the blood flow and eases pain.
This therapy helps in lowering pain and inflammation.
Surgery is the last resort a dentist would suggest if no other treatment were working.
There are three types of surgery for TMD depending on your condition.
Is a minor procedure that is carried out for locked jaws and dislodged discs.
It is a minimal surgery conducted with an arthroscope that is a narrow tube with a camera inserted through a small slit around the ear. It is less complicated and risky as compared to open surgery.
Some cases cannot be treated in other ways but open-joint surgery. It is performed in conditions where –
This condition can be treated with a TMJ specialist.
At Ivory Dental clinic, we are experts at TMJ treatments. We are one of the best dentists in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. If you are struggling with a neck pain that is still undiagnosed, you should book an early appointment with our TMJ specialist.