Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a condition that cause pain and constriction movement in the jaw. There are many possible causes to this disorder including arthritis, structural problems and condition like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or stress. The most common one, but often painless is an unusual popping or clicking noise that can occur while eating, talking, or simply by opening the mouth. If the condition is left untreated, this can lead to permanent injury the nerve, cause paralysis or any deformity.
There are different ways of treating this disorder, sometimes self-care and a routine change can help, but if not, surgery and other specific treatments to a pre-existing condition can be needed. If the TMJ disorder is caused by tooth grinding during sleep, a mouth guard may improve the symptoms. If it is caused by a degenerated condition, steroid injection will ease the swelling and discomfort. But, in a more painful case, surgery might be the most efficient way to treat TMJ when there is a problem with the joint or if the jawbone is extremely restricted. A replacement will be needed whether the condition is mild or serious and professional advice is always essential for treating TMJ disorders.