Having grinding teeth problems or discomfort with your TMJ? Grand Family Dentistry provides TMJ treatment for Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD) which can include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep. People who grind their teeth (also known as bruxism) can sometimes develop a serious problem with their TMJ or jaw, which when left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth.
One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.
People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD or TMJ Disorders) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.
Some treatments for TMD/TMJ include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep.
Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. Traumatic injuries also can cause jaw dislocation.
In these cases, jaw surgery may be required to correct the condition. Some jaw surgery can be performed arthroscopically.
The dentists of Grand Family Dentistry are trained to diagnose and treat many of the following TMJ conditions :
- Jaw Muscle Pain
- Grinding at Night
- Open Lock Position
- Acute and Chronic Jaw Pain