TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint—the ball and socket joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull. Discomfort around these joints is referred to as a TMJ disorder, or TMD. TMDs can be extremely difficult to live with. Patients with TMDs experience jaw pain and chronic headaches that can make day to day life hard. Due to bruxism, or other issues, your jaw joints can become overused and a TMD can develop over time. You can help prevent a TMJ disorder by avoiding grinding your teeth, cradling the phone between your jaw and your shoulder, and other situations that might cause too much stress on these joints.
If you’ve developed a TMD, you can receive TMD treatment at our office. Each TMD treatment is created individually for each patient to best meet their needs. If you think that you may be suffering from a TMJ issue, come to our office for an in depth diagnosis. Once we’ve diagnosed the cause of your TMJ disorder, we can work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide you with relief and help your joints heal so that you can feel comfortable again.
Mouth Guards and TMD Treatment
TMDs are often caused by bruxism, or grinding. Patients can control whether they grind their teeth during the day, but some patients also grind their teeth during the night while they are sleeping. Teeth grinding can cause TMDs as well as other serious dental issues, but at Rochester Hills Dental, we can treat and prevent teeth grinding damage with mouth guards, or mouth appliances.
If you feel that you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, you can call us at our office today to schedule an appointment.