If your jaw becomes locked or makes frequent popping noises or if you commonly experience headaches or pain in your jaw when eating, you could be suffering from TMJ disorder. Grinding your teeth at night is another common symptom of TMJ disorder.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of people who suffer from TMJ disorder don’t even realize that they have a condition that can be effectively treated by a dentist. The good news is that our dentist in Gunnison offers several options for treating the root causes of your TMJ disorder.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, refers to a number of issues that affect the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Every person has two temporomandibular joints which are located beneath the ears. These joints are like hinges and they perform a remarkably complex range of movement when you’re moving your jaw up and down and side to side while you’re talking or eating.
The most common cause of TMJ disorder is the misalignment of the teeth which is commonly referred to as a “bad bite.” TMD can also be caused by trauma to the region that occurs when you suffer a heavy blow. Prolonged periods of stress are another factor than can contribute to TMD.
Any problem related to the temporomandibular joint that causes pain, discomfort, or prevents the TMJ from functioning the way it should is classified as TMD. TMD has several symptoms:
- Swelling or tenderness in the TMJ region
- “Locking” of the TMJ that makes it difficult to close your mouth
- Pain when eating
- Teeth grinding, especially at night
- Teeth that don’t fit together when you bite down
- A clicking sound when you move your jaw
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in our ears)
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
The good news is that we can diagnose and effectively treat your TMJ Disorder. For example, Dr. Anderson can often treat patients suffering from a “bad bite” by adjusting or realigning their teeth without resorting to surgery.
We can also treat the grinding symptom of TMD that often occurs while the patient is sleeping. This is important because if left untreated, grinding your teeth can lead to severe dental problems. Fortunately, Dr. Anderson can provide you with a custom-designed bite guard to treat this serious issue. Dr. Anderson can also teach you about relaxation techniques which are helpful for relieving the symptoms of TMD.
Treatment for TMJ Disorder in Colorado Springs.
Contact our office right away if you notice any of the symptoms above. Dr. Anderson will see to it that you get the diagnosis and treatment you deserve.