It’s More Than Just a Pain in Your Jaw
People who grind their teeth (whether they know it or not), chew gum regularly, live a stressful life, or have tooth-alignment issues often end up with a painful condition known as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). The temporomandibular joint is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw and lower jaw meet. Because it’s one of the most frequently used joints in the body (we use it for talking, biting, chewing and yawning), when the joint and surrounding muscles are inflamed, TMJ can cause all sorts of problems, including stiffness, headaches, ear pain and bite misalignment.
According to Dr. Dan Burgmeier, here are the most common causes of TMJ:
Symptoms of TMJ tend to be chronic and often include:
We want to help our patients feel better. We do this by developing an individual treatment plan based off our diagnosis. We’ll start by completing an evaluation of the joint – looking for problems with muscle spasms, range of motion issues and teeth and/or bite misalignment. Dental impressions are often used to help us diagnose the cause of the problem; in some cases x-rays help us pinpoint the problem if it’s directly related to the temporomandibular joint.
Treatment options vary depending on the cause and severity; the goal is to create an environment where the muscles are relaxed and balanced and the teeth are properly aligned and working efficiently when biting and chewing.
Our patients find relief through a variety of treatment options including:
If you, or someone in your family, are experiencing symptoms that might be linked to TMJ, getting proper treatment is not only extremely important, but will provide significant relief in a relatively short period of time. Give Burgmeier Dentistry a call to schedule an evaluation appointment so that we can discuss your symptoms, diagnose the problem, and outline treatment options.
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