TMJ disorder or temporomandibular joint disorder is the dysfunction of jaw joint. This joint connects the jawbone to the skull. The temporomandibular joint helps the mobility of the jaw while you speak, yawn, bite and chew. TMJ is one of the most commonly undiagnosed issues that adults face, simply for the reason that people may not know that they even have it.
Unfortunately there are several disorders that can affect the joint. These can be caused by:
- Imbalance of the jaws
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- A breakdown of the cartilage in the joint
- Misaligned bite
Consequently, when these joints are not aligned nerves become irritated, muscles fatigued and a host of painful symptoms can arise.
TMJ disorder can create symptoms such as:
- Headaches and ear aches
- Jaw clicking and jaw locking
- Ringing in ears
- Facial and neck pain.
- Difficulty opening and closing of the mouth
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
If you suffer continuously from any of the above symptoms you could have a TMJ dysfunction. If this is the case, we recommend that you make an appointment with us at Haberfield Dental Practice, where we will be able to make an assessment and develop a treatment plan if you have TMJ to alleviate the symptoms while simultaneously addressing the issue.
Treatment for TMJ disorder will depend on each patient’s needs. Treatment options may include:
- Wearing a customized oral appliance such as a night guard or occlusal splint to eliminate grinding and properly positioning the jaw
- Restorative dental care such as building up worn teeth to restore the proper bite
- Oral surgery
If diagnosed with TMJ disorder, we can create a customized treatment plan designed to give you the most effective results possible.