TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD or TMJ) refers to acute or chronic swelling of the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint. Our dental practice is experienced in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Learn how we can help!
Treatment for TMJ
TMJ treatment may vary but can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite and filling gaps between teeth. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent problematic clenching or grinding. There are also various options for pain management. Since there is no one solution that is the right for all cases, individualized assessments of TMD symptoms should be conducted by a TMJ dentist specialist prior to patients receiving treatment.
TMJ treatment aims to elimnate the variety of problems including:
- Headaches (especially in the morning)
- Earaches (especially in the morning)
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face.
- Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
- Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Dull, aching pain in the face
- Hearing loss
- Migraines (especially in the morning)
- Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Neck and shoulder pain
If left untreated, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint. Don't wait to see a dentist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.