TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) refers to the disorders that affect the TMJ joint-the joint that joins the skull to the jaw. This disorder can often result in aches or pain, jaw problems, migraines, and/or earaches. TMJD can be triggered by many things, including, but not limited to:

  • Jaw or TMJ trauma
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Jaw clenching
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding
  • Bite misalignment
  • Bad posture
  • Illness or disease

Not all symptoms of TMJD seem to relate to your jaw, making this disorder occasionally difficult to self-diagnose. Some symptoms of TMJD include:

  • A ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound when closing or opening the mouth
  • Trouble chewing, opening, or closing the mouth
  • Prevalent jaw pain or soreness
  • Toothaches not caused by either infection or other dental problems
  • Earaches not caused by infection
  • Pain in your jaw when biting, yawning, chewing, or speaking
  • Recent bite changes
  • A stiff or locked jaw when chewing, yawning, biting, or speaking
  • Recurring migraines or tension headaches, especially upon waking

There are many ways to effectively treat TMJD. Here at Time for Smiles Dental Center, we will go over all of your options for TMJD treatment. To learn more about how we can help alleviate your pain, please call. We are always happy to take care of your dental needs.