If you’ve been looking up the cause of your sore jaw online, you’ve probably seen the phrase TMJ disorder. Could this be the cause of your discomfort? Could the uncomfortable symptoms you’re experiencing every day be tied to a problem with your oral health? Fortunately, we can help. We can offer the tools you need to maintain comfort and good oral health.
Look For Common Symptoms
In order to know if you require treatment, you should find out more about the common symptoms of TMJ disorder. If you identify with one or more side effects, chances are good you may need to see us about your jaw health. From there, we will assess the cause and severity of your issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment options. Signs you need to see a dentist may include:
- Your jaw clicks or pops when you move it (often when you chew)
- You deal with daily headaches
- You sometimes experience “lockjaw” when you attempt to open or close your mouth
- The area surrounding your jaws hurts or feels fatigued
- You suffer from neck or shoulder pain
What causes the disorder in the first place? Well, TMD has been linked to injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, misalignment, or even bruxism (persistent teeth grinding and jaw clenching). Understanding the cause of the disorder is essential to treating it. Treatment can vary, and may include orthodontics or even dental restorations. Often, we recommend a simple oral appliance, which is worn at night and repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints.
Visit Us For Checkups
Even if you are experiencing one or more symptoms, it is essential that you schedule a checkup with us. During the visit, we will thoroughly examine your smile to determine whether you need TMJ disorder treatment. Should you have any questions or concerns about treatment or symptoms, please contact our office today.
Agree To Comfortable, Helpful Treatment
Good news. We offer comfortable treatment that is noninvasive in nature. By wearing a custom night guard while you sleep, you can expect relief from the discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. Treatment will also prevent damage from occurring.