Temporomandibular joint disorders, referred to as TMJ or TMD, can be irritating and painful. When the muscles and joints in the jaw that are used for chewing and moving the jaw become damaged, it can affect your quality of life. As part of general dentistry options at Garrisonville Dental, we offer TMJ/TMD treatment to relieve the pain and irritation caused by these muscle and joint disorders.
TMJ disorders can be caused by misalignment of the jaw, stress on the jaw joint or other factors. When the temporomandibular joint and muscles that move the jaw become stressed, it can cause pain and dysfunction. Some of the symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Clicking, grinding or popping when moving the jaw
- Headaches or neckaches
- Locking jaw
- Ear pain
If you have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder or have been suffering with jaw or facial pain, there is treatment available. Our experts at Garrisonville Dental can help you find a treatment option to relieve the stress on your jaw, giving you pain relief and improved jaw function.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
There are different options available to treat TMJ disorders and jaw pain. One treatment is to use a nightguard to relieve stress on your jaw joint at night. Often TMD is caused by clenching the jaw or nocturnal teeth grinding that can put too much stress on the joint and muscles. Our team can create a customized nightguard that can protect your teeth, muscles and jaw joint while you sleep, giving you relief from TMJ symptoms.
Another option is orthodontics. In some cases, changing the position of the teeth can relieve stress on the jaw. However, this is not always the case. Our dentist can evaluate your jaw health and determine the best treatment option to give you relief.
If you have jaw pain or suspect you may have TMJ, contact Garrisonville Dental today to schedule your consultation.