TMJ disorder is a potentially painful condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. John Sarris, DMD, Thomas Copulos, DDS, and the team at Dental Designs of Plantation in Plantation, Florida, provide exceptional treatments for TMJ that can restore your oral health and bring your jaw back to proper functioning. To get started, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and it’s the joint that connects your skull and lower jawbone. You have two TMJs in your body, one on each side of your head right in front of your ears. They work on a complex sliding and hinge-like mechanism that enables you to chew and speak with ease.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects the proper functioning of your TMJ. People tend to use TMJ and TMD interchangeably, though technically speaking, TMJ refers to the joint, while TMD refers to the condition associated with the joint.
Some of the signs that you might have a TMJ disorder include:
The severity of TMJ symptoms vary from person to person, and can progress over time. For some people, their TMJ symptoms are a minor annoyance, while others might experience symptoms so bad that they’re unable to open or close their mouth.
It’s unclear what, exactly, causes TMJ, but some of the more common culprits may include:
One of the more likely causes of TMJ is bruxism, or the habitual grinding and clenching of your teeth.
Dental Designs of Plantation prefers to start with the least invasive methods for treating TMJ, and then get more aggressive in their treatment if they do not see results.
The first line of treatment for TMJ is simple at-home remedies. These include changing your diet to incorporate more soft foods and regularly massaging your jaw muscles. Your dentist can show you how to properly massage your jaw joint without causing a flare-up or irritating the area.
Another line of treatment is to make you a custom-fitted night guard. If your TMJ is from habitual teeth grinding and clenching, a night guard can reduce your symptoms by keeping your teeth slightly separated at night, therefore causing less stress on your jaw joints and muscles when you grind or clench.
Your provider may also suggest a treatment using Botox® or Dysport®, injectables commonly used to reduce wrinkles but have been shown to help with TMJ discomfort.
To find relief from your TMJ, schedule an appointment today by phone or online with the experts at Dental Designs of Plantation.