What is a TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder affects your jaw joint, more technically called the temporomandibular joint. Its dysfunction results in discomfort and pain during chewing, speaking, or opening and closing your mouth.
The following may be symptoms of a TMJ disorder:
- Facial pain and tenderness in and around the ear or ears
- Jaw pain, stiffness, or tenderness
- Neck pain
- Discomfort while chewing
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Jaw “locking up”
- Jaw makes a “clicking” sound
- Teeth don’t come together properly when eating or chewing
Proper treatment can help you say “Goodbye” to headaches and jaw pain
The range of treatments for TMJ/TMD covers mild to severe symptoms. Basic treatments consist of massage, moist heat, or anti-inflammatory medicine. A splint as an oral appliance is custom made to prevent grinding and help reposition your jaw for a better bite. Sometimes a protruding or unusually shaped tooth causes TMJ. Coronoplasty or equilibration often eliminates the problem to allow teeth to meet properly.
The severe cases of TMD are due to a variety of causes. Teeth may have been ground down over time or knocked out or extracted. Your jaw will not set in a naturally relaxed position, which causes pain in the jaw muscles. A full mouth rehabilitation or orthodontics can correct the occlusion to let your jaw relax and relieve the pain.
Let us discuss the benefits of treatment and outline a plan for you to improve your quality of life.