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TMJ or TMD treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull, enabling you to open and close your mouth, eat, chew, and speak. Putting your finger in front of your earlobe and opening your mouth will allow you to feel the TMJ.
As a delicate joint, the TMJ is susceptible to injury or inflammation. If this occurs, the joint will no longer be able to move as freely as before. As a result, chewing and opening your mouth may be difficult and painful.
TMD (temporomandibular disorders) is a term dentists use to describe a wide range of conditions affecting the TMJ. One or more of the following may be a contributing factor to TMJ pain, or TMD:
These include headaches (migraines and tension-type), joint pain, muscle pain near the joint, and a painful clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth.
Please contact our office if you notice any of these signs. For the purpose of identifying the source of your discomfort and offering treatment options, our team will examine your mouth and affected joint(s).
Video 01:00 | From time to time almost everyone has experienced facial pain. It’s possible that the pain may be related to the joint located in the front of your ear called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ.
Teeth grinding or bruxism
TMJ pain is frequently caused by bruxism. Patients with bruxism either clench or grind their teeth. It’s more common to happen at night, resulting in patients reporting severe headaches and muscle pain when they wake up in the morning.
During a clinical examination, our team can detect signs of bruxism. Patients who clench or grind their teeth are more likely to suffer from tooth wear, as well as cracks or chips. A night guard may be recommended if your dentist suspects that you have bruxism.
Protective night guards are made of plastic and custom-made to fit over the upper or lower teeth. It helps relax facial muscles and avoids enamel loss caused by teeth grinding, keeping your teeth strong and reducing dental sensitivity. Night guards come in all shapes and sizes, and what works for one person might not work for another.
It’s common for people to clench their teeth while they sleep, so they may not even be aware of it. our team will examine you for bruxism and recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from further damage.