TMJ syndrome is a disorder that centers on the temporomandibular joints that are on either side of the face. There is a lot that is still to be determined as the cause. The closest we have come is to associate it with any issue in the musculature of the jaw. You will also hear of other things that can lead to there being this syndrome. There is the grinding of teeth to consider. A lot needs to be discovered about it still.
You can in the meantime detect its presence through some simpler symptoms. You will know it is the case when you feel pain in the TMJ areas, or pain when you chew or talk, trouble chewing, and swelling near the joints. There are also the toothaches, headaches, and earaches that will not go away. Some of these symptoms are so common you may not know their true cause. The upside is that you only need pain medication to fix them.
Treating TMJ is a tricky affair. Most doctors will try and deal with each symptom they encounter. They shall start off by telling you to get some pain medication. You may also need to use hot and cold compress, the same way you deal with muscle ailments.
In case you do not get some relief, a dental specialist shall put you on more rigorous medication. You may get some relief in the pressure around the joint area through some muscle relaxers. You will thus get some relief in the TMJ area. In case you are not comfortable with taking medication, the dental specialist shall use alternative means. There is the mouth guard to help prevent you from grinding your teeth as you sleep. It is easy to control your body’s movements when you are awake. But when you are asleep, you lose the control you had. This is when your jaws will start grinding together involuntarily. You shall then see the benefit of having a mouth guard.
In case you are still not relieved of these symptoms, it shall be time for the doctor to perform surgery on you. This is what they have to do for most of the extreme cases of TMJ. There has to be a lot of thought put into this final option. There is still the pain and discomfort as the only ways of telling how much it has affected you. The best the doctors can do is to find a way for you not to be in pain any more.
The research into this syndrome has not stopped. If you are affected, you need to explain clearly what and how much it is. This shall help in knowing how best to approach it and get it fixed. You should also not delay with telling them how you feel.