Total Care Dental offers TMJ therapy at our Madison clinic to relieve symptoms of TMJ sufferers. Temporomandibular joint pain can be a nuisance, so schedule a consultationwith one of our specialists to learn more about your treatment options.
Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Pain
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw (mandible) to move up and down and side to side, allowing you to chew, talk and yawn.
TMJ disorders (TMD) are common and have a variety of symptoms:
Limited ability to open your mouth
Jaw gets stuck open or closed
Tired facial muscles
Teeth not fitting together properly
Upper shoulder pain
These uncomfortable symptoms of TMD can disrupt your daily life. Total Care Dental offers our patients the best in local dental health services,including TMJ therapy. Our Madison clinic helps provide life-changing relief from the symptoms TMJ sufferers experience. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.
Determining the cause of a TMJ problem is important to providing the most effective treatment. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and separated by a small shock-absorbing disc, which normally keeps the movement smooth. Pain can occur if this disc erodes, or moves out of its proper alignment. This can be caused by arthritis damage to the joint’s cartilage, stress, grinding or clenching your teeth or if the joint is damaged by an accident.
How is TMJ Related to My Dental Health?
TMJ primarily causes pain throughout the mouth and jaw. The condition itself can lead to tooth damage from repeated grinding or clenching. Over time this will wear away at your teeth. Dental crowns or bridges may be necessary to repair a smile affected by TMJ.
Diagnosing TMJ is difficult, as many people experience different symptoms. Our dentists can provide X-rays and 3D imaging of your teeth to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Then treatment options can be explored to protect your teeth and jaw.
If you develop bruxism as a side effect of your TMJ, a custom-fit mouthguard from our dentists will reduce teeth grinding.
As of now, there is no scientific evidence as to what causes TMJ disorders. It is commonly believed to be more prevalent in women than in men, but scientists do not know why. They are currently exploring a link between female hormones and TMJ disorders. Total Care Dental offers TMJ therapy to help patients with these disorders.
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