Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders develop when jaws are misaligned, and can cause significant issues. Symptoms can include jaw pain, ear pain, headaches, and a popping noise when you open your mouth. your dentist can typically treat this condition with a night guard or oral appliance
TMJ Treatment Can Relieve Pain and Restore Your Quality of Life
If you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, also known as TMD, you can experience significant discomfort and other far-reaching symptoms. Your dentist provides effective TMJ treatment, for patients at his office. He can identify the causes of your issues and can create a full treatment plan that typically incorporates a custom-made oral appliance. Successful TMJ treatment aims to relieve symptoms while also treating the underlying cause.
What Is TMD?
The TMJ is the joint that connects the jawbone with the temporal bones in your head, just in front of the ears. This joint allows you to move your jaw, enabling you to chew and speak. When problems causing chronic pain in the TMJ arise, they are known as TMJ disorders, or TMD. There is no single cause of TMD. Trauma to the jaw or side of the head can result in TMD, in addition to misaligned bite or jaws, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis of the TMJ, and chronic stress.
Signs of TMJ disorders can vary from patient to patient, and usually depend on your age, health, and the underlying cause of the disorder. You may be suffering from the condition if you are experiencing issues such as:
- Headaches or migraines
- Swelling on one or both sides of the face
- Ringing in the ears
- A clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw
- Significant wear and damage to teeth
- Your jaw gets stuck in an open or closed position
- Pressure or pain in the face or eyes
- Discomfort when chewing, yawning, or other movement of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw joint specifically, or more generalized pain in the face, ears, neck, or shoulders
TMJ can also be treated by a qualified chiropractor.
Customized TMJ Treatment
When you meet with your dentist he will thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw and take any necessary x-rays. He will also ask you in-depth questions about your jaw pain and lifestyle in an effort to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort. Providing him with detailed answers will help him develop the most appropriate treatment plan for you. In most cases, an oral appliance can help our patients.
A custom-made oral appliance, also referred to as a night guard, can be crafted from a variety of materials, depending on your specific needs. Night guards will hold your jaw in proper position, relieving pressure from misalignment and preventing grinding or clenching of teeth. If your TMJ disorder is stress-related, your dentist may recommend some stress-reduction techniques in addition to the night guard. Your treatment is completely customized to your individual situation, so treatment for your condition may differ greatly from another patient’s treatment.