If you are faced with TMJ, you may have a few questions you want answered. Our team is going to answer some of our most asked questions for you today.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints. These joints and jaw muscles, located on both sides of your head, work in unison to help open and close your mouth. TMJ work together when you do things like chew, speak or swallow. Each joint has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the jaw to open wide and rotate.
What is TMJ disorder or TMD?
TMD is an abbreviated name for temporomandibular joint disorder. Any problem that prevents the complex TMJ system of muscles, discs, bones and ligaments from working correctly may result in painful TMD.
What causes TMD?
There are wide varieties of TMJ disorder causes, some of which include possible dislocation of a disc, arthritis, injury, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress or teeth grinding. Your dentist can adequately diagnose your TMD before recommending a treatment.
How is TMD treated?
Generally there are a variety of ways you can treat your TMD right at home with pain medications of self-care practices. More often times, your dentist will recommend a splint or night guard. These are generally plastic mouthpieces that fit over your teeth so they don’t touch. They are placed to help correct your bite by putting them in a more correct position.
If you are experiencing pain in your jaw, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling 757.222.3737!