The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point at which the jawbone meets the skull. It is like a sliding hinge on each side of the jawbone that allows us to perform actions like speaking and chewing. The function of this connection, sometimes limited by a syndrome affecting the jaw muscles and nerves in the area. The TMJ relies on hinge action with sliding motions to facilitate movement. The part where the bones meet the point is usually covered by cartilage and separated by a shock-absorbing disk to allow for smoother flow. Any interference to this structure and mechanism can cause you to develop TMJ syndrome.
The symptoms associated with the syndrome include pain, clicking or crackling sounds or popping of the jaw when attempting to move to the area. In some extreme cases, you may experience swelling on the sides of the face, nerve inflammation, headaches, and even dislocation of the TMJ joint. The limitations associated with TMJ syndrome will also vary across patients. Our dentist in Suffern, NY, 10901 recommends therapy for mild cases, while extreme cases that limit movement or cause great pain may require surgery.
It is not clear how TMJ exercise can help with dealing with the disorder, but it speculated that it does strengthen the jaw muscles, increase mobility, and promote healing of the jaw. It also stretches and relaxes the jaw and reducing the clicking of the jaw. According to a study by the Journal of Dental Research, TMJ exercises increase mouth opening range way better than using a mouth guard for patients with TMJ disc displacement. Before attempting any of the following exercises, consult a dentist near you.
To learn more about TMJ therapy in Suffern, NY, you can visit Dental Wellness of Suffern clinic. Our dentist will demonstrate how to perform the exercises and also monitor your situation to see if you are making any progress. We serve patients in the following areas: Montebello, NY, Mahwah, NJ, Upper Bergen County, NJ, Ramapo, NJ, Saddle River, NJ, Ridgewood, NJ and Westwood Park Ridge, NJ.