Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a collection of malfunctions related to the jaw joint. Your TMJ is a major component crucial to the mouth’s function and the alignment of your teeth and jaw.
TMJ disorders are often chronic conditions. Treatment takes time to become noticeably effective. Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help you achieve a healthier, more comfortable jaw with advanced treatments.
Where is My TM Joint?
This complex joint is located just in front of each ear, connecting your lower jaw to your skull. These sliding joints (as opposed to ball-and-socket joints) are designed to evenly distribute the 200+ pounds of pressure your bite exerts, which minimizes damage to surrounding oral structures.
More on TMJ Disorders
Symptoms like subtle or intense pain, “clicking” sounds your jaw makes, and sleep problems — these sorts of dysfunctions are far more easily diagnosed and treated in this day and age. Adverse symptoms occur when jaw joints and chewing muscles don’t communicate properly. TMJ disorders can (and will) lead to more serious conditions. Early TMJ disorder detection and treatment are crucial.
Trouble With Your Jaw?
Do you clench or grind your teeth? Tightening your jaw muscles can add a lot of undue stress to your TM joint. Trauma, injury, or disease can certainly cause and aggravate TMJ disorders. Injuries and arthritis can easily damage the joint in a direct or indirect way. You can also stretch or tear muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk (cartilage which functions as the jaw joint “cushion”) can slip out of position and cause additional problems.
TMJ disorder can include:
- Misaligned bite
- Clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth
- Trouble opening your mouth wide
TMJ Disorder Checklist:
- Do you grind or clench your teeth?
- Do you wake with sore, stiff muscles around the jaw?
- Do you suffer from headaches or neck aches frequently?
- Do you hear a click, pop, or grate when you open your mouth?
- Does your mouth stick or lock into place?
- Have you ever suffered from a neck, head, or jaw injury?
- Is your bite misaligned?
- Do you have a hard time using your front teeth to bite or tear into food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, chipped, cracked, broken or worn?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you could very well suffer from a TMJ disorder. Contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule your appointment today. We’ll figure out the best and most effective way to proceed.