Have you noticed jaw popping, pain or stiffness when you attempt to open your mouth? If so, this could be a sign of TMJ disorder, a condition that affects over 10 million North Americans. Although the numbers are likely to increase, you don’t have to settle for being a statistic and living in discomfort. Contact our office to request a visit with one of our Dentistry in Motion dentists so you can finally get the relief you need with TMJ treatment!
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is located on either side of the skull in front of the ear lobe. A dynamic joint, it allows for opening and closing the jaw, as well as shifting it laterally and forward-and-back. Because of its flexibility, the TMJ can become worn and suffer cartilage damage over time. This can result in the painful sensations common with TMJ disorder. Thankfully, your dentist can provide the therapy you need to recover and lead a normal life.
The first step to receiving the care you need to recover from TMJ disorder is to be able to recognize any of the following symptoms:
If you’ve noticed any of the above, then don’t hesitate to contact our office to request a visit so you can have the problem addressed before it gets worse.
As mentioned earlier, TMJ disorder involves the wear of the cartilage that normally allows for the smooth motion of the TMJ. In addition to frequent usage, the condition can be encouraged by arthritis, direct trauma to the face or joint erosion.
Here are two treatment options we have to help you recover effectively: