Chronic pain, headaches, clicking or popping sensations in the jaw, and other symptoms may be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. Located between the upper and lower jaw, the temporomandibular joint can be the cause of debilitating pain which can radiate to other parts of the body, ultimately having an effect on your livelihood. Here at Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry, our experienced dentists offer treatments for TMJ Disorder that can significantly reduce the irritating symptoms of this common condition.
What causes TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint is used to help mobility of the jaw, such as when you chew, bite, yawn, and speak. TMJ Disorder can occur as the result of a number of issues, including arthritis, imbalance, teeth grinding or clenching, a breakdown of cartilage in the joint, a misaligned bite, and other factors. TMJ Disorder can also be caused by simple overuse of the joint.
What are some of the symptoms associated with TMJ Disorder?
Since many symptoms of TMJ Disorder do not seem related to the jaw joint, people are often not aware that they are suffering from the condition. Symptoms of TMJ Disorder include:
- Problems with chewing, swallowing, and/or biting
- Pain in the back, shoulder, and/or neck
- Facial pain
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Problems opening and closing the mouth
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear ache
- Numbness in the arms and/or fingers
What are some of the treatment options?
Fortunately, advances in neuromuscular dentistry have paved the way for many TMJ Disorder treatment options that can reduce the effects of the condition and minimize the symptoms. The goal is to prevent further wearing away of the cartilage and to alleviate pain and discomfort. Some TMJ Disorder treatments include:
- Oral appliances such as custom-designed night guards
- Bite-realignment appliances
- Restorative dentistry
- Oral surgery
- Jaw and bite therapies
If you think you may be suffering from TMJ Disorder, please contact Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry today. One of our dentists will be happy to meet with you for an evaluation and create a customized treatment plan for your specific needs.