There are many causes of TMJ disorders.
I am Dr.Rovena and I had gone through your query and medical history.
Your symptoms are typical and indicative for Temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint.
Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness
, ear pain
, bite problems (malocclusion
), clicking sounds, or locked jaws.
The following are behaviors or conditions that can lead to TMJ disorders:
1)Teeth grinding and teeth clenching (bruxism). Those who grind or clench their teeth may be unaware of this behavior unless they are told by someone observing this pattern while sleeping or by a dental professional noticing telltale signs of wear and tear on the teeth. Many patients awaken in the morning with jaw or ear pain.
2)Habitual gum chewing or fingernail biting
Dental problems and misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion). Patients may complain that it is difficult to find a comfortable bite or that the way their teeth fit together has changed. Chewing on only one side of the jaw can lead to or be a result of TMJ problems.
3)Trauma to the jaws: Previous fractures in the jaw or facial bones can lead to TMJ disorders.
4)Stress frequently leads to unreleased nervous energy. It is very common for people under stress to release this nervous energy by either consciously or unconsciously grinding and clenching their teeth.
5)Occupational tasks or habits such as holding the telephone between the head and shoulder may contribute to TMJ disorders.
If you have one of this conditions well you found the cause of your problem.
The treatment for acute TMJ pain include:
-1). Jaw rest: It can be beneficial to keep the teeth apart as much as possible. It is also important to recognize when tooth grinding is occurring and devise methods to cease this activity.
-2) Heat and ice therapy: These assist in reducing muscle tension and spasm. However, immediately after an injury to the TMJ, treatment with cold applications is best. Cold packs can be helpful for relieving pain.
-3) Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen
(Advil and others), naproxen
(Aleve and others), or steroids can help control inflammation. Muscle relaxants, such as diazepam
(Valium), aid in decreasing muscle spasms.
-4) Physical therapy: Passively opening and closing the jaw, massage, and electrical stimulation help to decrease pain and increase the range of motion and strength of the joint.
-5) Surgery: Surgery is indicated in those situations in which medical therapy has failed. It is done as a last resort.
Hope I was able to help you clarifying your doubts.If you have further questions please feel free to write to me.I will be happy to answer it.