Your temporomandibular joints, commonly called the TMJ, are an important feature of your mouth. These joints, which are located on each side of your face, are the points at which your lower jaw meets your skull. They, along with the attached muscles, ligaments and bones, are responsible for the movements of your mouth, including opening and closing as well as moving the mandible from side to side. Each joint has a disc, which is set between a ball and socket, that absorbs the impacts placed upon it. Issues with your TMJ can lead to irritation and inflammation, which can then result in serious discomfort and reduced quality of life. Caldera Dental Group can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a broad term that encompasses a variety of different issues that affect the health and function of the TMJ and the muscles, ligaments, and bones that are associated with them. All of these issues can affect the functions of your mouth. They can also significantly impact your quality of life, and cause unbearable pain. Common causes of TMJ disorder include:
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Because there are several different causes of TMJ disorder, the symptoms can vary widely. Symptoms also do not appear suddenly. Instead, they show up gradually, growing worse as time goes on. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
To diagnose, and then provide appropriate treatment for your TMJ disorder, we first need to conduct a thorough consultation. During your consultation, we check the condition of your teeth, assessing alignment and wear patterns. We also take digital images, which may be in the form of X-rays, CT scans, CAT scans or 3D scans. These images are essential for enabling us to see the jawbone, the roots of your teeth, the muscles, and the joints. With a full picture of your entire mouth, we can create an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatments to suit your needs.
Available TMJ Disorder Treatments
There are some different treatments available for TMJ disorder. One or more of these recommendations may be recommended.
With a proper diagnosis, and the right treatment, your TMJ pain can be alleviated, and your overall quality of life restored. If your TMJ is causing you severe discomfort, call Caldera Dental Group to schedule your consultation today at (541) 604-2900.