Do you grind your teeth when you sleep? Do you experience pain and discomfort in your jaw? If so, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and muscle disorder. At Archbold Family Dental, we offer TMJ treatments and can help relieve any pain associated with TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint that allows your jaws to open and close, eat and talk. This joint is essentially the hinge that allows your mouth to move.
The TMJ is made up of three parts: the upper jaw, lower jaw, and the articular disc. The jaw bones are connected to the articular disc, which helps to create a smooth opening and closing of the mouth.
Does your jaw make a clicking or popping sound when you eat? Do you experience any pain when opening and closing your mouth? These are both potential signs that you are suffering from TMJ. Other symptoms may include clicking sounds, headaches, pain in the jaw, teeth grinding during sleep, and even loss of gum tissue. You may experience pain in the TMJ caused by arthritis or a slipped articular disc. Limited movement by the jaw and pain originating in the head and neck are also common side effects.
There are many reasons as to why you should come to see Dr. Custer for TMJ treatment. TMJ can cause premature tooth loss due to the enamel being ground off of your teeth. This makes your teeth more prone to cavities and can cause them to crack and break more easily as the tooth weakens. TMJ can also be associated with neuromuscular disease, which can affect your long-term health.
We will check for symptoms of TMJ at your regular visits. Routine dental exams also allow us to identify any potential TMJ issues and allow us to treat them early.
TMJ treatment varies greatly depending on the severity of the condition. If we find any problems with your TMJ, we will find the best course of action to make sure your pain is managed and taken care of for the health and longevity of your smile.
If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ or want to learn more about treatment, contact our office today at (419) 445-8176.