The Temporomandibular Joints are among the most important joints of the human body. They are present right under the ears and help to connect the lower jaw to the skull. The TMJ comes into the picture every time we move the jaw, such as while chewing food, talking, yawning, laughing, etc. Sometimes, the muscles and tissues around the TMJ could experience severe stresses and inflammation, resulting in a condition called TMD (TMJ disorder), which can cause severe pain and discomfort.
The simplest and most effective way of treating TMD is by massaging the facial tissues around the TMJ. This helps to relieve them of the stress and enables the better movement of the lower jaw. The dentist may conduct a thorough diagnosis and suggest suitable massage therapy to alleviate the condition. Further, the dentist may prescribe a suitable mouthguard to limit the stress applied to the TMJs. It also prevents contact between the teeth of either jaw, which eliminates excessive teeth wear. In the case of bruxism, a night-time bruxism guard may be recommended.
If all treatment methods fail to provide relief, surgery may be the last resort means to treat the condition.
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