You may already know to call your dentist when you’re having problems with your teeth, but what about issues with your jaw? If you’re currently dealing with jaw pain on a regular basis, you may have what is known as a TMJ disorder – and a dentist like Dr. Azmoodeh may have the answer for treating it. Do you want to find out more about TMJ disorder and how it can be dealt with? Get in touch with our team today.
Have you ever thought about the hinges that keep your lower jaw connected to the rest of your skull? They’re known as the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs for short. As long as your TMJs are functioning properly, you will have no trouble when it comes to eating, speaking, or performing other everyday oral tasks.
However, sometimes problems can arise with the TMJs. They might become injured after you get hit in the face, or they could become overworked due to bite problems. These types of issues are known as TMJ disorders, and trying to live with them can be very painful.
The exact symptoms associated with TMJ disorder can vary from case to case depending on what the underlying cause is. In addition to pain in your jaw joint, you might also suffer from migraines as well as pain in your back or neck. You may notice a clicking sound when you move your mouth, and your jaw mobility might be limited. Sometimes your jaw might even get locked, preventing you from opening or closing it.
When you notice the warning signs of a TMJ disorder, you can schedule an appointment at our office. We can examine your jaw and take a number of X-rays in order to figure out where the problem lies. Once we have confirmed that you have a TMJ disorder and have narrowed down the underlying cause, we’ll work with you to figure out what kind of treatment would be appropriate.
Oftentimes, a TMJ disorder can be treated with an appliance known as an occlusal splint. You can think of it as a special kind of mouthguard. Your splint will be customized for your unique smile, and we will give you instructions regarding how often you should wear it.
An occlusal splint can help reposition the lower jaw, bringing it slightly forward. This can move the jaw joints toward a more comfortable resting position. Additionally, occlusal splints can potentially be used to stop the upper and lower rows of teeth from grinding against each other. This can go a long way toward helping you find relief since teeth grinding can often play a role in TMJ disorder.