Oral health encompasses more than just your teeth and gums. The jawbone and its surrounding joints and muscles also play an important role. Over time, the joints in the jawbone may develop problems. If left untreated, this can lead to a series of other issues such as severe headaches, lockjaw, and teeth grinding.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that act as a hinge for your upper and lower jaw. The right and left joints are designed to move together in harmony. Unfortunately, this movement is sometimes thrown off, leading to changes in the bite and jaw strength. Problems with the temporomandibular joints are typically referred to as TMJ Disorder or TMD.
Many different factors can cause TMJ disorder including genetics, injury, stress, muscle strain, and the tendency to clench or grind the teeth are all factors that can cause this disorder.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder and occlusal disease?
TMJ disorder can cause a long list of problems and painful symptoms. Some symptoms include:
- Bad bite
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Pain around the jaw joints
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
- Facial pain
- Limited movement in the jaw
- Locked jaw
- Clicking sounds in the joints
- Loose teeth
During a consultation with Dr. Wynn, she will examine your bite, facial muscles, joints, and teeth to determine if you are suffering from TMJ disorder. Often this problem can be corrected with non-surgical treatment.
There is no reason to suffer day in and day out from TMJ disorder-related pain. If you are experiencing constant headaches, jaw pain or mouth pain, call our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Wynn will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns. Together, we can determine the right treatment for you.
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