TMJ Disorders and How We Treat Them
TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. When you feel pain in your TMJ, it can interfere with a wide range of actions, including chewing and speaking. Learn more about disorders related to the TMJ, how they affect you, and how we treat them at Lakeshore Dental Care.
What are Common Causes of TMJ Disorders?
Since TMJ Disorders or TMDs refer to a wide range of ailments related to the TMJ, they also have many causes. Explore some of the most common causes of TMDs:
- Excessive stress
- Clinching of the jaw muscles
- Teeth grinding
- Structural problems with the TMJ
- Certain diseases
Treating TMJ Disorders
Depending on the specifics of your TMD, various treatments may be used alone or in combination to treat your disorder. Mouthguards are often effective for those who clench and grind their teeth since they helped to prevent these damaging habits. Medications may be used in some cases as well, and for more in-depth TMJ problems, a specialist is often recommended.
Do You Have These Symptoms of a TMD?
Although your symptoms may not be a sign of a TMJ disorder, if you have multiple symptoms and they persist over time, we strongly recommend that you seek treatment. These are some of the most common symptoms of a TMD:
- Frequent teeth grinding
- Clicking sounds when opening your mouth
- Problems with the movement of the jaw
- Pain when moving your mouth
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Lindsay or Christian Mitchell
The first step to finding out if your symptoms really are signs of a TMJ disorder is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitchell. From there, you can ask any questions you have and discuss your symptoms with the doctors. They’ll examine the area of your injury, and put together a treatment plan that is perfectly catered to your needs. Your TMJ disorder can become worse if left untreated, so contact us today to schedule your consultation – we look forward to meeting you!