The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jaw to the rest of your head. When it becomes stressed, injured or misaligned, a TMJ disorder is developed. TMJ disorders have a significant impact on your day-to-day life, causing pain and discomfort even during the simplest of actions, such as chewing, speaking and yawning. TMJ disorders may develop due to a number of factors, including stress, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis in the jaw joint, or traumatic injury to the head, neck or jaw.
Common symptoms associated with TMJ disorders include:
- Frequent jaw or facial pain
- Locked or stuck jaws
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain and tension in the neck, shoulder and ears
- Frequent headaches
- An inability to open your mouth wide
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
When you visit Smile Moderne, our experienced dentist will examine your jaw and discuss your symptoms with you in order to determine the source of your TMJ disorder. We may also take X-rays. After we have diagnosed the cause, we will be able to make a recommendation on ways to treat your TMJ. There are a variety of treatment strategies available depending on your individual needs, including stress management and relaxation exercise, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, bite guards and jaw surgery.
To learn more about TMJ treatment in Laguna Niguel, California, and get started on improving your quality of life, call Smile Moderne at (949) 554-1563 and make an appointment with Dr. Chris.