TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, such as chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain, you might have temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.
Some of the symptoms of TMD are:
Many of these symptoms often are associated with other health problems, so only a dental professional can tell you if it is caused by TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further oral health problems. Prolonged teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause enamel to wear off and expose the dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink might also develop from excessive teeth grinding.
Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses might be recommended to provide temporary relief for pain symptoms.
Treatments options include but are not limited to:
a. A night guard, which might prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can be a long term solution for many patients.
b. In very severe cases of TMD, surgery might be required, but treatment to change the way you use your jaw muscles is often enough to provide relief.
If you suspect you have TMD, please call us for an evaluation. Dr. Firlik is ready to help you relieve your symptoms and pain from TMD. To request an appointment, call Firlik Family Dentistry at (616) 361-0603.
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6225 W River Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
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