TMJ problems are rising due to high stress levels in the world today. Do you fall into this category?
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. This joint lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
There are several things that can cause TMJ discomfort, the following are the most common reasons we see here at Magnolia City Dental:
Grinding or clenching your teeth (sometimes at night) that puts pressure on the joint
Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
Arthritis in the joint
Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench
How do you know if you are having TMJ disorders?
It often causes severe pain and discomfort, this can be temporary or last many years. It may affect one or both sides of your face.
Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
Popping in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew
Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
Swelling on the side of your face
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to find out more, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr.Roberts. At this appointment Dr.Roberts will evaluate your jaw joints for pain or tenderness. An X-ray may be taken to examine the jaw joint. He will listen for clicking, popping or grating sounds as he has you open and close your mouth.
If TMJ disorder is caused from grinding, Dr.Roberts may recommend we make a custom night guard. He might suggest a muscle relaxer to relax your jaw if you grind or clench your teeth. If further treatment is needed we may refer you to an Oral surgeon or orthodontist depending on the cause and severity of discomfort.
If you are having any of these symptoms call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr.Roberts to find out more!