Is Your TMJ Working Properly?
Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is an important part of your chewing system. In fact, your TMJ could be part of the reason that you are constantly grinding your teeth. It could also be to blame for that popping and clicking that you have been dealing with lately.
TMJ Dentist in Burlington
If you have been following this dental blog you will know that your temporomandibular joint is what connects the lower jaw to your skull. If anything is out of place, your teeth and your entire bite could be paying the price.
Dr. Mike Morris explains that although the TMJ is a small joint it can cause much pain, especially if you are dealing with chronic TMJ disorder.
Chronic temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is not as common, but can be serious. The problem is eventual damage to your cartilage, muscles and tendons. If left untreated, TMJD can lead to arthritis and possibly permanent damage that cannot be amended without joint surgery.
Thankfully bioesthetic dentistry helps to allow the joints to reposition using conservative treatments that can eliminate the constant popping, clicking and jaw joint pain.
TMJD Pain and Problems
Your temporomandibular joint sits right in front of a major facial nerve which is the network of nerves that connect and cross your neck, head and face.
When your temporomandibular joint is not working properly you could feel pain throughout your throat, teeth, tongue, cheeks, forehead, mouth, ears and your eyes. Even your upper back and neck muscles can feel the pain from temporomandibular joint disorder.
According to Dr. Mike Morris, minor temporomandibular joint discomfort can progress and become something more serious or chronic.
If you have any the following, please schedule an appointment with Chittenden Dental for a TMJ evaluation:
- Consistent pain in your jaw joints
- Discomfort when talking and chewing
- Jaw joint locking in open and/or closed position
- Chronic facial pain without obvious cause
- Grinding sounds, popping and/or clicking when chewing and opening and closing the mouth
TMJ Disorder Treatment
If you believe you could be suffering from a TMJ disorder: a good bioesthetic dentist, such as Dr. Mike Morris, can take care of the issue with definitive treatment.
Some of those treatments include MAGO therapy, orthodontics and restorative dentistry.
TMJ disorder can be serious: If you think you or someone in your household is suffering schedule an appointment. It will make everyone’s life more comfortable.
Call for a temporomandibular joint disorder consultation in Burlington today.