TMJ Treatment Q & A
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorders cause problems with the way your mandible functions, preventing ligaments, muscles, and bones from working together correctly. TMJ can cause pain and difficulties opening and closing your mouth.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have a TMJ disorder:
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw
- Problems chewing
- Pain with chewing
- Locking of your jaw joint
- Aching facial or ear pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth
Pain associated with TMJ might be mild or severe. If it negatively affects your life, see your provider at Blue Palm Dentistry for an evaluation.
What are the risk factors for TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders can occur when your jaw joint moves out of its proper alignment. Factors that increase your risk of developing TMJ include:
- Jaw injuries
- Connective tissue diseases
- Long-term teeth clenching or grinding
See your dentist if you’re at risk of TMJ disorders and experience severe or long-lasting pain that doesn’t subside on its own.
How is TMJ diagnosed?
To diagnose TMJ pain, your dentist reviews your symptoms and dental history. They then examine your teeth as well as your bite and evaluate your jaw for clicking, popping, stiffness, and tenderness.
Your dentist uses X-rays to determine the type and severity of a TMJ disorder and develop a personalized treatment plan.
How is TMJ treated?
If TMJ negatively affects your life, your Blue Palm Dentistry provider might recommend one of the following treatments: