Your mouth relies on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is the hinge that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is responsible for the opening and closing of your mouth, as well as your ability to move the jaw from side to side. When your TMJ hurts, your whole life is affected. It can be difficult for you to do simple tasks, like eating, speaking or yawning. At Embree Dentistry, we can diagnose issues with your TMJ and provide you with the treatment you need.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder envelops several different disorders that cause pain to the joint. Moreover, when the pain is severe, it can significantly impact your oral health, your overall health and your quality of life. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are several different causes of TMJ disorder, which can sometimes make the exact one difficult to pinpoint. Common causes include:
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
At Embree Dentistry, we can diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder, which will allow us to provide you with the proper treatment for relief. We start with a thorough oral exam, checking the condition of your teeth, checking your bite and checking for areas of tenderness. We will also take images, which will allow us to see what’s going on inside. These images may include X-rays, CT scans or MRIs.
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
Treatment for your TMJ disorder depends upon the cause. For some, prescription pain relievers or muscle relaxers are enough to provide relief. However, for much more, these options just aren’t enough. Other options for TMJ disorder treatment include:
If your jaw is causing you significant discomfort, and impacting your quality of life, call Embree Dentistry to schedule your appointment today!