The temporomandibular joints connect the lower jawbone to the skull. Along with several muscles, it helps the mouth open and close. It plays a vital role in helping us eat and talk. Sometimes these joints can cause dysfunction if they are injured or under stress. Arthritis, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching can all lead to TMJ disorders.
Horizon Family Dental Care provides TMJ treatment to patients in Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding areas. Our restorative dental care helps alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders. We thoroughly examine the teeth and facial structure to find areas of wear and injury in order to create a custom treatment.
Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
There are multiple common signs of TMJ disorders, including:
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Face, neck, and jaw pain
- Muscle spasms
- Jaw tenderness
- Pain while chewing
- Joint locking
- Chronic migraines and headaches
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, discuss them with your dentist at your next appointment. We can help determine if your problems are caused by a TMJ disorder. Our goal is to help you alleviate your pain and restore function to your teeth and joints.
How to Treat TMJ Disorders
For patients with very mild TMJ symptoms, we recommend jaw and face exercises. Gently exercising the TMJ joints as well as working to minimizing stress can be a viable option for some patients. With more severe cases, we may suggest a nightguard and restorative treatments to correct the damage or align the bite. The goal with TMJ treatment is to bring the head, neck, jaw, and bite into proper alignment. However, you may need to also work things to reduce your stress and anxiety as they can also lead TMJ pain.
Nightguards are the best option for patients with TMJ disorders who clench and grind their teeth at night. In our office, we can take impressions of their teeth to create customized nightguards to protect their teeth from further wear and tear. These nightguards also alleviate stress on the jaw and help position the teeth more comfortably. With a custom mouthguard worn at night, patients can stop headaches, tooth wear, and teeth grinding at the source.
Not only can we address your night time grinding, but we can also fix any damage it causes. If you have chips, cracks, or worn areas on your tooth tooth enamel, we offer several restorative treatments to fix the damage. We can provide dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and tooth crowns. These cosmetic and restorative treatments are often used after a patient stops grinding their teeth. Fixing areas of tooth damage not only improves the look of the smile but also creates a uniform and comfortable bite.
Request an Appointment Today
Do you suffer from teeth grinding? Does your jaw pop or click when you eat? Our dentists can help you treat your TMJ dysfunction. During your dentist appointment, we discuss your TMJ symptoms and find the right treatment for you. Schedule a dental consultation with us online.