At our dental clinic, we believe it is important to provide excellent oral health care. We recognize that taking care of your teeth is just one part of total oral health. Your teeth make up a very important part of your mouth, but they work in tandem with several other important features, such as your lips, tongue, and jaw.
Your jaw, for example, enables you to chew your food with your teeth. Without your jaw, your ability to eat and communicate would be severely damaged. So with this understanding of the importance of your jaw functioning fully, our office helps to treat TMJ/TMD.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. The joint in your jaw acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. When that area is irritated, it can lead to pain and discomfort.
This pain and discomfort is known as TMD, which stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The two terms, TMJ and TMD, are often used interchangeably to describe the same disorder of having pain or misalignment in your TMJ.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
If you experience or have experienced any of the following symptoms recently and regularly, you might be dealing with TMD:
- Jaw Pain.
- Hard Time Chewing.
- Locking/Clicking of Jaw Joint.
- Pain in the Face, Ear, Jaw, or Mouth.
- Cracking or Tenderness in Joint.
- Headaches and Shoulder Pain.
Your TMJ affects many other parts of your body, and as such, TMD pain may not always manifest in the jaw or mouth itself. If you have one or more of these symptoms, ask our professionals for a TMJ consultation today!
Treatment for TMJ/TMD at Hollywood Family Dentistry
If you think you might be suffering from TMJ/TMD, we can help. Not only can we diagnose your symptoms, but we can also provide treatment. Our office uses the following to treat patients with TMJ/TMD:
- Night Guards: Our night guards are made to position your jaw in such a way that you experience less pain at night when you sleep. If you grind your teeth, that can also cause TMJ/TMD—the night guard will prevent this extra teeth grinding to better protect your teeth and subsequently your jaw from pain incurred by this extra TMJ stress.
- Athletic Guards: Athletic guards are a good idea for patients who participate in heavy-contact sports, or who might also be unconsciously clenching or grinding their teeth while playing.
There are many different causes and effects of TMJ, but our night guards and athletic guards have proven effective for many in reducing TMD pain. Call us to see if they could work for you!
Contact Us Today to See How Your Life Can Improve with TMJ Treatment
Learn more about TMJ/TMD symptoms, side effects, and treatments by calling our office today! We look forward to seeing you and helping relieve your TMJ-related pain.