TMJ, TMD and Neck Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that is located on each side of the head. It enables a person to chew, talk and move the jaw efficiently. Sometimes excessive strain can affect the joints, leading to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). One of the major causes of it is bruxism. Grinding and clenching the teeth can cause trauma to the jaw. Other parts of the body, like the head and neck, are also affected by TMD. 

How Does the Pain Spread to the Neck?

The primary cause of pain in the neck is the spread of inflammation. The connective tissues are often affected, causing the aching sensation. The pain is felt when the jaws are in motion. As the jaws are resting, the muscle tension reduces. 

How Can Neck Pain Be Treated?

On visiting the dentist, they analyze sleep apnea symptoms and observe the signs to understand if the neck pain is caused by TMD. Patients who suffer from extreme pain are prescribed over-the-counter pain relievers, which help provide relief. They also advise applying heat to the muscles to relieve the muscle spam experienced by the patient. 

The treatment for TMD is initiated by the dentist. Most dentists advise the use of a personalized mouthguard to protect the teeth and reduce the cause of muscle tension. They also advise the practice of exercises for the jaw and neck. Massaging the neck also helps to relax the muscle. In some cases, the dentists suggest botox to help relax the muscles and to reduce the intensity of the pain. 

Final Note

The primary cause of bruxism is sleep apnea. Various treatment options are provided by the dentist that can help provide relief from the disorder. Dentists also provide protective devices that help protect the teeth from wear and tear. It is always advisable to visit the dentist at the earliest on noticing signs of sleep apnea. 

Lee Palmer DDS PC, located in Franklin, TN, is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care services for patients. Call us at  (615) 794-0756 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to learn more about treatments that can help resolve the dental problems.

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