TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint on either side of your mouth that allows your jaw to move. These are complex joints of ligaments and muscle attached to a disc. Problems with the way the joints operate can cause discomfort along with complications moving the jaw. Your dentist can diagnose this disorder and offer TMJ treatment.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
Some of the most common symptoms of this disorder include headaches, earaches and pressure behind the eyes. Discomfort yawning or opening the mouth wide is not uncommon along with tenderness of the jaw. Clicking or popping when chewing or opening the mouth can be a symptom of TMJ, and sudden changes to the bite or the way teeth fit together can also indicate this disorder.
TMJ can be difficult to diagnose since all the symptoms can also be symptoms of other disorders. It is important for a dental professional to examine a patient thoroughly and first determine the underlying cause before recommending treatment for TMJ. Treatment protocols will vary based on the cause of the dysfunction.
Treatments for TMJ
TMJ due to bruxism can often be treated with a custom oral appliance in addition to therapeutic massage. Physical therapy and occlusal appliances are also less invasive than other options. Patients that have suffered from tooth wear will likely benefit from restorative treatments that rebuild their bite in addition to oral appliances. Other treatments are available but most cases of TMJ can be treated with non-invasive alternatives.
If you suffer from any of the common symptoms of TMJ, then it is time to make an appointment with our team at Tate Family Dentistry. Our dentist conducts a through examination and talks with patients at length to first determine the likely cause of the disorder. Recommended treatment will be made after this initial consultation. Call us today to schedule your visit.