TMJ Treatment

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a group of disorders affecting the joint that joins the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ). This disorder often results in discomfort or pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. There are many causes of TMJD, including, but not limited to:

Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
Arthritis
Grinding of the teeth
Jaw clenching
Misaligned bite
Poor posture
Stress
Dislocation
Disease or illness
You may be surprised to learn about some of the seemingly unrelated symptoms of TMJD. Symptoms of TMJD may include:

Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
Misaligned bite
An earache not caused by infection
A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning or speaking
A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawing, or speaking
Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
Recent changes to your bite
There are many ways to treat TMJD, just as there are many causes and symptoms. We will discuss with you your options for TMJD treatment. If you are interested in learning more about TMJD and what we can do for you, please give us a call. We are happy to care for all of your dental needs.

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