TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe discomfort, pain or other complications in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Most people suffering from TMJ disorder complain of symptoms like soreness or a constant ache near the temples or within the joint itself. Pain or general discomfort when biting down could also be a symptom of TMJ disorder.
It’s also important to note that a simple clicking sound in the temporomandibular joints when chewing is not a stand-alone symptom. However, some people with TMJ disorder will experience a clicking sound in conjunction with other symptoms.
The underlying cause of the TMJ discomfort will dictate the treatment strategy advocated by Dr. Gayle Fletcher.
With many cases of TMJ disorder, Dr. Gayle Fletcher will advocate a two-stage treatment strategy. This often starts with basic lifestyle modification, such as eating softer foods, using hot or cold packs or taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
This might also include using a quality nightguard when you sleep at night. This is even more likely if he feels your TMJ discomfort is related to grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis.
If lifestyle modification fails to achieve significant symptom relief, Dr. Gayle Fletcher might advocate more proactive or invasive treatment measures. This could include taking prescription medications, using a stabilization splint or having surgical intervention. The method he advocates will be based on your symptoms and the unique details of your temporomandibular joints.
If you live in the Conroe, Texas, area and you’ve been struggling with symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 936-856-9969 for professional diagnosis and treatment at Patient-First Dental Care.