The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the network of nerves, bones, and ligaments that helps you open and close your jaw and move it from side to side with wase. It connects the jaw to the skull and is located below the ear. When everything functions properly, you will probably not notice the TMJ at all. However, if something is off with the alignment of your teeth or you have suffered an injury to your jaw, you may experience moderate to severe pain in the TMJ. When this, known as TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), occurs, you will need the help of a professional -- and the team at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center is happy to provide treatment for TMJ/TMD.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
The condition commonly known as just “TMJ” or TMD affects millions of Americans. Older people and those who experience high levels of stress are more likely to experience this condition. It occurs when the jaw is out of proper alignment, either due to occlusion (a bad bite) or trauma to the face. People who clench their jaw or grind their teeth due to stress are more likely to have the symptoms of TMJ/TMD.
The warning signs of this painful condition include:
- A clicking, popping, painful jaw
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Ear or neck pain
- Difficulty opening the mouth wide
- Pain when eating or speaking loudly
- Nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Weak or worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, there is a treatment available from your dentist or oral surgeon. TMJ/TMD that is not treated properly can result in extreme wear and tear on the teeth that may lead to broken enamel or tooth loss. As an expert in everything related to your teeth and oral structures, these professionals are well-equipped to help you overcome pain in the TMJ.
Treatment Options for TMJ/TMD
Don’t hesitate to seek a solution for jaw pain. The treatment that is right for you will depend on what is causing the discomfort to begin with. Patients who have misaligned teeth may benefit from orthodontic treatment or an occlusal adjustment, where tooth enamel is removed to even out the bite and take stress off the TMJ. For other cases, a splint may be recommended to realign the malfunctioning joint. Whatever treatment is right for you, you will feel confident knowing you are partnering with a true expert when you visit the oral surgeons at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center! Our doctors are equipped with the expertise and tools to help you get out of pain -- and on with your life.
Request an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing pain in the TMJ and are interested in learning about the treatment options that could help you to overcome it, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center. Contact one of our four convenient locations to schedule an appointment today!