Are you suffering from migraines, frequent headaches, jaw pain, or an aching pain in your face? These are all symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. This condition can make chewing, talking, and other daily activities painful and difficult.
At Warren & Hagerman Family Dentistry, we have a variety of treatment options available for our patients who suffer from TMJ. Dr. Warren and Dr. Hagerman will perform a complete evaluation of your jaw and mouth to determine the best treatment options for you at our Litchfield Park, AZ dentist office. You don’t need to keep suffering from headaches and jaw pain!
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a common abbreviation for the Temporomandibular Joint which connects your lower jawbone to the base of your skull. A series of complex muscles, joint pads and tendons help move and protect this joint while it is in motion.
Because this joint is one of the most frequently used joints in the human body, when it becomes inflamed, it can be extremely painful. Problems and pain associated with the TMJ are often referred to as simply “TMJ” or “TMJ Disorder”.
TMJ symptoms vary, but generally can include:
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks and neck
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Painful chewing
- Pain while yawning
- Locking of the jaw
- Uncontrolled change of facial expression
- Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
What Causes TMJ?
Many things can contribute to the development of TMJ. Stress can be a factor, as well as anything that can cause tension in the jaw and surrounding muscle groups.
A few common causes of TMJ can be:
- Grinding teeth or clenching your jaw (also referred to as bruxism)
- Injury to the neck or jaw from a trauma such as an auto accident
- Improper bite alignment
- Sleep apnea
- Dislocation or erosion of the joint
How Can TMJ Treatment Help?
There are several ways TMJ treatment can help manage this disorder and provide TMJ pain relief. At Warren & Hagerman Family Dentistry, our dentists frequently use customized mouthguards to treat TMJ.
A customized mouthguard can often offer TMJ sufferers these benefits:
- Reduced shoulder and neck pain
- Minimized lockjaw symptoms
- Reduced jaw discomfort when talking, chewing or yawning
- Alleviation of headaches caused by bruxism
- Reduction in jaw tension
Schedule Your TMJ Treatment Consultation With Warren & Hagerman Family Dentistry Today!
If you’re suffering from symptoms of TMJ, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about TMJ treatment or any of our other dental services.
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