TMJ disorder is a common issue involving a problem with the alignment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is located where the lower jaw, or mandible, meets the skull at the temporal bone. Several facial and cranial nerves pass through this area, so when the joint is misaligned, a variety of symptoms can result.
Treatment for TMJ can help reduce or eliminate the nagging symptoms of this complex disorder.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder has a spectrum of symptoms, sometimes making it difficult to diagnose. Among the symptoms are:
- Popping of the jaw
- Neck, shoulder and upper back discomfort
Many of these issues could stem from other causes, so it is important to be sure you get an accurate diagnosis. Your dentist will be able to rule out some causes of these symptoms, but you might also wish to consult with your doctor to rule out others.
Once other possible causes for your symptoms are ruled out, your dentist can discuss possible options to treat TMJ disorder.
Treatment Options for TMJ
Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment option for your TMJ based upon the root cause of the problem. Causes of TMJ can include:
- Misaligned bite
- Teeth grinding and clenching
If your bite is misaligned, an effective TMJ treatment involves completely relaxing the jaw to determine its normal at-rest state. Then treatment focuses on ensuring the jaw remains in the correct position. This can be accomplished with orthodontic treatment or placement of crowns or veneers.
TMJ can also be treated with orthotics that reduce the stress of grinding, or with stress elimination and/or management techniques. In rare cases, TMJ requires surgery. This is usually only necessary if the joint has been damaged or the bone worn down.
Treatment for TMJ can help reduce or eliminate the nagging symptoms of this complex disorder. If you have suffered with any of the symptoms above, and have been unable to attribute these symptoms to another cause, please contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush, serving Arlington TX, at 817-465-0355 for a consultation.