What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of problems, such as arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth, but many people habitually clench their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders.

In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be alleviated with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. Severe TMJ disorders may require surgical repair.

TMJ Treatment

It’s important that we first see your condition to determine what needs to be done. If the suggested treatments don’t provide enough relief, you may eventually be referred to a doctor who specializes in TMJ disorders.

What You Can Do

You may want to prepare a list that answers the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Have you ever had this occur in the past?
  • Has your level of stress increased recently?
  • Do you have frequent headaches, neck aches or toothaches?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

What to Expect From Us

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Is your pain constant or do your symptoms come and go?
  • Does any activity seem to trigger the pain?
  • Does your jaw click or pop when you move it? Is that clicking painful?
  • Is it difficult to open your mouth normally?

If you are ready for your jaw pain / tmj consultation, please click below. If you are a first time patient, please print and fill out our new patient forms.

My Plantation Dentist also provides bite guards. A bite guard that is fabricated is a custom made guard that aligns with your jaw joint, and fits your own biting scheme. They are worn over the teeth, and often used to protect teeth from grinding and/or during sports. We also make night guards and anti-snoring appliances.

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