Thousand Oaks, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2015
The Thousand Oaks TMJ experts at TMJThousandOaks.com are now offering information about TMJ disorders and treatments to patients. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is responsible for promoting fluid jaw movements from side to side and up and down. This joint is vital for proper chewing function and clear and easy speech. TMJ syndrome can interfere with the joint’s health and cause symptoms that include pain and dysfunction. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 5 and 12 percent of the population suffers from some type of TMJ disorder. It is more common in women, young people, and those using estrogen or contraceptives. Diagnosing this complex group of disorders can be complicated, but the extent and duration of symptoms may be enough to identify the source of the problem.
Common TMJ symptoms include:
- Radiating pain in the joint, chewing muscles, face, or neck
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw stiffness
- Pain or stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Limited movement in the joint
- Joint clicking, popping, grating, or locking
- A change in the way teeth fit together
These symptoms indicate the need for an evaluation. The right treatments can alleviate pain, improve function, and promote a full recovery. The Thousand Oaks TMJ doctor works closely with patients to determine the underlying cause of their TMJ disorders and create a comprehensive treatment plan to address causative factors, eliminate TMJ pain and reduce the risk of recurrence. Conservative treatments that include lifestyle changes, medications, and therapy can allow the joint to heal. According to the team at TMJThousandOaks.com, "For extremely painful TMJ disorders, doctors may administer irreversible treatment like jaw surgery."
The Thousand Oaks TMJ experts offer patients the information they need to make the best choices about their health and provides extensive treatment options. Physical exams, medical and dental histories, and X-rays may all be used to diagnose the problem. Recommendations can include a variety of non-surgical options or surgery. Patients can use the site to learn more about those recommendations or to schedule an appointment with the team.