"TMJ syndrome" is what we commonly call Temporomandibular joint disorder. It means your TMJ joint — the joint which connects your jaw and your skull — is inflamed, and it often causes severe pain. If you’re looking for TMJ treatment, LaSalle Family Dentistry can help.
Common symptoms of TMJ syndrome:
- Pain or difficulty while biting/chewing
- Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth
- Dull, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck or shoulder pain
People feel TMJ pain in varying degrees, and there are many potential causes. Your dentist can further explain TMJ causes, but here is a quick list of the common ones:
Common causes of TMJ pain:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Malalignment of your teeth
- Jaw thrusting
- Excessive gum chewing
- Excessive nail-biting
- A joint disease, such as osteoarthritis
- Lack of overbite
There are different ways to end the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ syndrome. If your teeth are misaligned, dental work may be required to restore proper occlusion. You may be fitted with a special guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged and keep your jaw from clenching while you sleep.
Talk to us today to learn more about TMJ problems and solutions ...
- How do I know if I have an inflamed temporomandibular joint?
- Common symptoms of an inflamed temporomandibular joint include pain or difficulty while biting and chewing, a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing your mouth, aching pain in your face, ears or jaw, headaches, migraines, and or neck or shoulder pain. If you are regularly experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to us today.
- I think I have TMJ syndrome. What did I do to cause this?
- There are a variety of reasons for developing an inflamed temporomandibular joint, and many of the reasons can't be controlled. Focus instead on working with us to find a solution to end the pain.