TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a unique joint that connects the jaw to the temporary bones of the skull. It acts as a sliding hinge that allows you to move your jaw sideways, upwards, and downwards, enabling you to chew, talk, and yawn. Problems with your TMJ can cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Here at Dental 1, we are glad to offer TMJ treatments for our patients in Milton and the nearby areas. Contact our office today for more assistance.
Roughly 10 million adults in the United States suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
During your first appointment at our office, our Milton dentist will perform a full examination to have an accurate diagnosis of your condition. This will include a physical exam, diagnostic tests, and medical history assessment.
After diagnosis, the dentist may prescribe medications to help control any pain or discomfort you may experience due to TMD. This can include pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your dentist may recommend physical therapy to alleviate pain, strengthen the jaw muscles, and improve your range of motion. Your dentist may also advise you to make lifestyle changes to help reduce the symptoms of TMJ. Sometimes, surgical options may be necessary to reduce the pain and repair the joint.
You may experience pain or discomfort when moving the jaw. The pain can even extend to the face, neck, and shoulders. However, if the pain is not experienced in the jaw joint area, we will often check for other signs before diagnosing a TMD.
TMJ disorder leads to the locking of the joint, which can make it difficult to move the mouth freely. This can cause extreme discomfort when opening and closing the mouth.
Another common symptom is unusual clicking and popping sounds in the jaw joint when talking, eating, or simply moving your mouth.
TMJ pain can actually cause sleep disorders which can become chronic and negatively affect your overall health.
Yes. If left untreated, teeth grinding can cause further issues, such as pain, increased risk of cavities, worn-out enamel, and sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. It can also lead to TMJ disorder which is usually a painful and chronic condition.
Several factors can cause TMJ to worsen, such as teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, stress, jaw injury, and certain habits like nail biting or chewing gum.
If you’re experiencing TMJ problems, don’t hesitate to contact Dental 1 at (617) 698-0600 today. We will book your appointment with Dr. Pham so you can discuss your restorative care needs.