Headaches… Jaw joint pain… Discomfort… These are just a few of the painful symptoms of TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ can be caused by arthritis or jaw injury. In many cases, it is triggered by persistent clenching or grinding of the teeth.
The first step is determining whether or not you are suffering from TMJ symptoms. The most common TMJ symptoms include pain or tenderness in the jaw area, pain while chewing, difficulty chewing, uneven biting and locking of the jaw. If your dentist thinks you have TMJ disorder, he or she will likely perform x-rays, a CT scan or an MRI to confirm the diagnosis.
At Sage Dental, we offer a number of TMJ treatment options. TMJ treatment usually includes non-surgical treatment or self-managed care. For some patients, medications or a bite guard are effective treatments. In other cases, special appliances or surgery may be required.