The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in the jaw, responsible for allowing the jaw to open, close and chew. TMJ disorders (TMD) involve the soft tissues, bone and teeth that can cause inflammation, pain and dysfunction in the jaw. There are a variety of issues that can contribute to TMJ/TMD – identifying the causes is the key to effective TMJ & TMD treatment. At Carrington Square Dental, we offer TMJ screening to determine the best treatment for jaw joint disorders at our clinic in Waxhaw, NC.
The jaw joint can exert extreme amounts of pressure. The masseter muscles that power the jaw are strong, used to grind tough nuts and grains between the teeth, as well as tear meat. One of the possible causes of TMD is jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) that puts this pressure directly on the teeth and joint. This can cause jaw pain and disorders in the joint. Other possible causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Bite misalignment
- Missing or uneven teeth
- Genetic factors
- Jaw injuries
When there is a temporomandibular joint disorder, patients may experience a wide variety of symptoms. Jaw and facial pain are common. There may be popping, clicking or grinding in the jaw joint when open, closing or chewing. The jaw may lock in place due to severe dysfunction. Some patients have headaches, ear aches or vertigo associated with TMD. To get relief, the cause of the disorder must be identified, and the right treatment performed.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
Many cases of TMD are caused by dental problems. Uneven teeth, bruxism, missing teeth and dental injuries can all result in stress on the jaw joint. If you suffer from TMJ/TMD pain, our dentists can explore the best treatment to give you relief. For many, wearing a dental nightguard can offer relief, especially those with bruxism. For others, replacing missing teeth or fixing dental problems can realign the jaw to relieve stress and pain in the jaw joint.
If you have jaw or facial pain, locking jaw or other symptoms of TMJ/TMD, come see us at Carrington Square Dental. We can diagnose your jaw disorder and offer TMJ & TMD treatment at our dental center in Waxhaw, NC.