The TMJs—the temporomandibular joints—lie on either side of the head, connecting the lower mandible (your jawbone) to the rest of the skull. Normally, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion, allowing you to chew and speak with ease.
Under abnormal conditions, the TMJs may become stressed. They may not function properly, and they may cause painful side effects.
The temporomandibular joints are highly sensitive to stress and pressure. This means that stress, fatigue, or a change in your bite can lead to TMJ disorder (TMD).
Symptoms of TMD
- Jaw clicking.
- Discomfort or pain in the temple, ear, neck, or shoulders.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Limited jaw movement or lockjaw.
Changes You Can Make to Improve TMD
Some of the things you should be doing at home include:
- Reducing stress.
- Massaging the area.
- Avoiding chewy foods or gum.
- Alternating chewing between both sides of the mouth.
If pain is present, you can alternate moist heat and cold for 20 minutes to improve circulation.
Schedule an Evaluation
TMD is very common, so we’ve made it a part of our practice to evaluate patients for TMJ disorder right here at Center Point Dental. We use advanced diagnostic technology so that we can provide a precise and honest assessment of your oral health needs.
While at-home remedies may ease TMJ discomfort, you are looking for a lasting solution. Our dentists understand the workings of the temporomandibular joint and how we can restore your comfort.
We use a noninvasive method to reverse TMD pain and get your jaw back on track. TMJ splints are custom-fit to your smile.
When you wear your guard during sleep, it will position the jaw in a way that gives your joints the rest they need to recover. Our goal is to guide the jaw back to its optimal position so that you can enjoy a lifetime with your comfortable, functional smile.
Smile and Talk with Ease Again after TMD Treatment
To set up your evaluation and help ease the pains of TMD, contact Center Point Dental today.