TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
In many cases, no one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to be effective. Our doctors can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
Trouble with your jaw?
TMJ disorders have many different causes which may include clenching and grinding of teeth, tightening of the jaw muscle, and putting stress on the TMJ. In certain patients, there may have been a previous injury or disease which caused damage to the jaw join.
Whatever the cause, the results may be a misaligned bite, pain, clicking noises when you open your mouth, or difficulty opening your mouth wide.
Do you have a TMJ disorder?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
The more times you answered “yes,” the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they’re treated.
There are many different treatment options that our doctors can utilize to improve the function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of a TMJ disorder, one of our doctors will determine the best course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care.