TMJ Treatment or Jaw Pain
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to the two bones in front of the ears. These bones are called temporal bones, and are in charge of allowing your jaw to move freely, which allows you to chew, talk, and others. Any issues with these bones or joint are known as TMJ disorders.
TMJ TREATMENT OR JAW PAIN
Pain, Grinding, Popping or Clicking Sounds When Moving the Jaw, Headaches, Neck, Back or Ear Pain Aches May Indicate TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone and is located on the sides at the base of the skull. This complex joint allows both the sideways and up and down motions that are needed in order to talk or to chew. When there is a problem in this area, it can affect the joint and the muscles around it, causing varying degrees of pain, or tooth damage, in addition to restricting movement of the jaw.
There are numerous factors that are thought to contribute to TMJ disorder including grinding or clenching teeth, injury, arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, infection, hormones, heredity, or ongoing strain to the area. The symptoms may go away after a period of time, or they can be persistent or recurrent.
Who Needs TMJ Treatment?
When you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, it's important to see a dentist for diagnosis and current & preventative treatment advice, as some TMJ symptoms can severely affect the quality of your life. A dentist can offer many treatment solutions to provide relief- such as occlusal or night guards and/or botox injections to the localized muscles.
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Commonly Asked Questions
TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of reasons, but is most commonly caused by misaligned teeth.
TMJ may cause discomfort while brushing your teeth or make it harder to access certain areas of your mouth while brushing or flossing, which can in turn lead to decreased overall oral hygiene. If you feel as if you're not getting your teeth properly cleaned, feel free to give us a call. In addition to TMJ assistance, other dental services we offer are composite restorations, crowns & bridges, dental implants, partials & dentures, and more.
Yes, headaches are a common symptom of TMJ disorder.