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 Town Center Dentistry & Orthodontics, we have a variety of treatment options available for our patients who suffer from TMJ. Dr. Brett Kessler provides a complete evaluation your jaw and mouth to determine your best treatment options. You don’t need to keep suffering with headaches and jaw pain!
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a common abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the joint connecting your lower jawbone to the base of your skull. There are a series of complex muscles, joint pads and tendons that 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”.
Symptoms vary, but generally can include:
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks and neck
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Painful chewing
- Pain when you yawn
- Locking jaws
- 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 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. At Town Center Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Kessler frequently uses customized mouth guards to treat TMJ.
Wearing 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
- Removal of headaches caused by bruxism
- Reduction in jaw tension
Questions About How You Can Get Relief From Your TMJ Symptoms?
If you’re suffering from the symptoms of TMJ, give Town Center Dentistry & Orthodontics a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about TMJ treatment or any of our other dental services offered at our Stapleton office.
A consultation with Dr. Kessler could be the answer you've been looking for. Let our dental team determine if TMJ treatment could be the best solution for your smile and overall wellness!
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