TMJ is your temporomandibular joint. It connects your jaw bone to your skull. The TMJ and connected muscles guides your ability to chew. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, chewing pain, muscle pains, or spontaneous pains than you may be experiencing TMD. TMD is temporomandibular disorder and is a broad term to describe discomfort in or around your jaw joint.
TMD is a group of disorders and a full exam must be completed to figure out where the source of the problem is. Common causes of TMD are:
- Facial trauma
- Excessive grinding or clenching
- Movement of the soft cushion disk inside the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress resulting in chronic clenching
What Should I Expect At My Visit?
If you suspect you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, so they can evaluate the extent of the condition and determine with you what course of treatment is best.
Treatment varies from patient to patient, so your experience may be very different than someone else. Often times treatment recommendations may be as simple as a bite adjustment. Other treatments available include nightguards, orthodontics/Invisalign®, or even potentially surgical correction.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
Your aftercare instructions will vary depending on your customized TMD treatment. Our team will be happy to help you understand your specific instructions depending on your recommended treatment.