Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TJD)

The world of health and wellness is vast and varied. While many conditions are well understood and frequently discussed, others may not garner as much attention that profoundly impacts daily living.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TJD, is one such condition. At Key Wellness, we’re committed to raising awareness about TJD, guiding you through its intricacies, and offering the best solutions for those suffering from it.

Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TJD)

The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the skull’s temporal bones, allowing for the essential movements we use daily, such as speaking, chewing, and swallowing.

TJD encompasses a range of disorders affecting this joint, leading to pain in the jaw area and muscle, limited jaw movement, and even audible clicks or popping sounds.

What Causes TJD?

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  1. Trauma. A heavy blow or whiplash can result in TJD.
  2. Grinding or clenching. Habitual clenching of teeth puts pressure on the joint.
  3. Arthritis. Degenerative joint disorders can impact the temporomandibular joint.
  4. Connective tissue diseases. Some diseases can affect the temporomandibular joint, causing TJD.

Symptoms to Look Out For

TJD can manifest through various symptoms:
  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint, neck, and shoulders
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
    Aching pain in and around the ear
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Joint locking, making opening or closing the mouth challenging

Common Approach to TJD

The usual treatment plan for TJD includes the following steps:
  1. Holistic evaluation: The first step is a thorough assessment. Understanding the severity, root causes, and impact on your daily life helps your provider tailor the right treatment plan.
  2. Non-invasive solutions: These non-invasive solutions include recommending oral splints or mouth guards, physical therapy, and even counseling to help combat stress-related clenching.
  3. Advanced treatments: In more severe cases, we may consider medications, injections, or even surgical procedures to correct the underlying issues.
  4. Education & prevention: Patient empowerment is a very important factor. By educating you about TJD, its triggers, and preventive measures, we hope to minimize recurrence.

Life with TJD - Embracing Comfort and Functionality

Though TJD can be daunting, the right support and care can make a world of difference.

While addressing the physical aspects is crucial, at Key Wellness in Crosslake, MN, we also focus on our patients’ mental and emotional well-being. Chronic pain can take a toll, and our team is here to ensure you’re not just pain-free but also living a fulfilled joyful life.

Don’t let TJD hold you back from living life to the fullest. With Key Wellness by your side, a pain-free, functional future is within reach. Contact us today, and let’s embark on your wellness journey together.