You shouldn’t have to deal with the headaches, jaw pain, limited jaw movement, and other problems that come along with temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ. At WPD Dental Group in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the dental experts offer solutions for TMJ, including patient education on healthy lifestyle changes and effective custom night guards. The team offers a range of treatments and quality care in a comfortable office. Schedule over the phone or online to visit WPD Dental Group.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, involves problems with your jaw hinge joint, or your temporomandibular joint. This important joint connects your skull bones and your jaw, allowing you to chew your food, talk, yawn, and move your jaw.
It isn’t always clear what causes TMJ and several factors might play a role, such as:
The condition might be linked to jawbone or muscle complications.
If you clench your jaws or grind your teeth due to stress or anxiety, this can tighten the jaw and facial muscles and cause or worsen TMJ.
Without treatment, TMJ can lead to more serious complications, such as tumors in the jaw area, scar tissue, bone damage, and bone death.
If you have TMJ, you probably have the hallmark symptom of soreness, discomfort, and moderate to severe pain in your jaw area. You might also have other symptoms, such as:
You might also have facial swelling around your jaw area.
TMJ might affect the alignment of your lower jaw joints. Your WPD Dental Group dentist performs a thorough examination of your symptoms and jaw movements and might suggest X-rays or other imaging scans to produce detailed images of your jaw joints.
WPD Dental Group offers a range of treatments for TMJ, including:
Your dentist might recommend a splint or night guard to prevent nighttime or daytime teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
Your dentist can fix an uneven bite using impressions and a custom-made orthopedic nightguard. In some cases, they might suggest dental work, which usually involves replacing missing teeth and dental treatments like crowns, bridges, or braces.
These effective treatments are specially designed to enhance your smile, balance your biting surfaces, protect your oral health, and more.
Don’t let TMJ put your dental health at risk and cause you jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms and problems. WPD Dental Group has solutions. Book online or over the phone today.