I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist
) and am glad to address to your query here.
Displacement of one or both of the disks in the jaw's hinges can result from a sudden blow or injury
to the head, or simply from hard chewing or a wide yawn.
Taking a painkiller may ease the inflammation and relieve the pain of TMJ
but does not get to the underlying cause of the problem. TMJ sufferers need to assess their entire lifestyle - from potentially avoidable day-to-day stresses to eating foods that strain the jaw. In cases where tooth alignment is at fault, you need to see your dentist.
Doctors recommend surgery only for extreme cases. The least invasive form, arthroscopy
, involves inserting a fiberoptic tube through a small incision and using it to reposition the disk.
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