Do you have reoccurring headaches in the morning? Are you experiencing jaw pain or discomfort?
You may have a Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), or sometimes referred to as TMJ disorder. TMJ is a hinge-like mechanism that connects your skull and your jaw. For most patients, TMJ disorder is the result of an underlying dental problem that has led to an imbalance in the bite.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Clicking or popping sound in the jaw
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Headaches or migraines (especially in the morning)
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain or discomfort in the neck and shoulders
Some patients may experience no symptoms at all. However, it is important to visit your dentist to determine if you have developed TMJ disorder. If left untreated, TMJ disorder may lead to advanced issues regarding the jaw and the joints surrounding it.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Misaligned or imbalance bite
TMJ Treatment Options
To ensure you get the right solution for your dental needs, it is important you seek TMJ treatment as soon as possible. Our team of dentists will examine your teeth, mouth, muscle, and joints to determine the condition of your overall dental health. In order to find the right solution for TMJ disorder, it is important to determine the underlying cause of TMJ. Our team of dentists will create an individual treatment plan designed to help restore a healthy smile and lasting oral health.
Treatment options can include:
• Occlusal equilibration
• Dental splint therapy
• Orthodontic treatment
• Mouth Guard
Left untreated, TMJ can impact your oral health. You may need more invasive treatment in the future if you don’t address your symptoms now Our team of dentists can work with you to find the treatment you need to improve your smile
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ Disorder, contact Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA. Patients can call our Worcester dental office to set up an appointment or schedule an appointment online.