The temporomandibular joint which connects the jawbone to the skull may become tense and cause pain, developing a TMJ disorder. Many patients with TMJ may have a misaligned and imbalanced bite. Symptoms like teeth clenching and grinding may develop as a result.
Common Signs of TMJ
There are multiple signs of TMJ to look out for:
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic earaches
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Chronic migraines
- Back or shoulder pain
- Jaw popping or clicking
If left untreated, TMJ can seriously damage the jaw joint, teeth, and surrounding tissues. It is important to stop these symptoms at the source with professional dental care.
Before treatment, Dr. Brock Hyder will assess your oral health and discuss your budget and goals with you. If you have extensive wear and damage from TMJ symptoms, Dr. Hyder may recommend cosmetic and restorative solutions to be used after oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy can be used to protect teeth and treat TMJ disorders. Oral appliances are custom-fit and cover teeth to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. This option not only minimizes wear and tear but also diminishes muscle contractions which are often the source of chronic migraines. Oral appliances alleviate jaw pain and prevent teeth from making contact.
Schedule an Appointment
Stop jaw and facial pain at the source. If you have noticed the signs of TMJ, call Payette Dental at 208.243.9807. Dr. Hyder and his team will be happy to provide you with a custom-fit oral appliance.
TMJ Treatment FAQs
Can TMJ be permanently treated?
As of now, there is no known way to completely get rid of TMJ. However, it is possible to limit and minimize flare-ups and symptoms from it. Oral appliances that are customized to your mouth are the best way to alleviate pain and other symptoms so you can get back to normal.
What causes TMJ?
There are many things that can trigger TMJ symptoms. For starters, stress is one of the most common. It tends to make us grind and clench our teeth without realizing it. Certain medications have clenching and grinding teeth as a side effect as well.
You can also trigger a flare-up by eating certain kinds of foods. Things that are hard or require a lot of chewing to break down can cause more stress on your jaw joint.
Can TMJ change my face?
Over time, TMJ can change the look of your face. Your teeth can change where they meet in the mouth, putting your jaw in a different position. You can lose facial symmetry by grinding specifically on one side. Lastly, your jaw can appear swollen and more square due to grinding consistently.