The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
We offer a TMJ examination that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. A problem with this joint is called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damage to the joint tissue which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMD.
For more serious cases of TMD, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often we will suggest using a mouthguard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TM joint. For the most severe cases of TMD, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.
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Comprehensive Dental Care can help determine if TMJ/TMD Therapy is a procedure that you can benefit from. Contact us today to make an appointment.