Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects one or both of the jaw joints, leading to chronic or intermittent pain. In some cases, opening and closing the mouth is difficult with this condition. In addition, you can have respiratory problems while breathing, especially at night. The discomfort from TMJ can affect your neck and shoulders, or you might have headaches, especially in the morning. Additional problems include sinus problems such as congestion, but you can also have earaches from the swollen joints in the jaw. If your bite is affected by the jaw joint problems, then you may find it difficult to chew certain foods such as vegetables or meat. This condition primarily affects adults and teenagers, but it is also diagnosed in children. Thankfully, we offer various TMJ treatment options.
What Causes This Jaw Joint Problem?
Experts don’t completely understand why some individuals develop TMJ, but if you have dental malocclusions, arthritis or stress, then you are more likely to develop temporomandibular joint disorder. Some individuals develop the condition as a result of damaging the jaw joints from chewing gum or grinding the teeth. You may have an abnormality in the jaw that leads to poor function, and with daily wear, the TMJ problem will occur.
A dentist is the best expert to visit for a diagnosis concerning TMJ. Our team can collect medical images of your face and mouth to see if you have problems with the jaw joints. When you have this condition, you will want to consider your options for TMJ treatment to relieve your pain along with preventing additional damage to the joints of the jaw.
What are the Treatments for TMJ?
When you have temporomandibular joint disorder, our dentist can recommend various treatments, and you may need to use more than one method to relieve your discomfort along with protecting your teeth and facial joints. If our dentist collects molds of your mouth, then we can make occlusal splints that will fit over your teeth to reduce your pain and the pressure on your jaw joints. Alternatively, our dentist may recommend a mouth guard that fits over the entire portion of your upper or lower teeth. In addition, there are other types of treatments available, including physical therapy.