Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is what connects your jaw to your skull. When it’s functioning properly, it allows you to easily chew food, and open and close your mouth without experiencing pain. If certain areas of your joint are experiencing more force and pressure due to underlying problems, such as a misaligned bite, it could result in teeth grinding and an increased risk of oral health problems. At Weber Family Dentistry, we offer customized TMJ therapy to ease your discomfort as you address the root cause of your paint.
TMJ dysfunction is when your jaw joints aren’t working properly. The underlying issues that cause this condition are often hard to pinpoint, which is why it usually goes undiagnosed. It can be a result of arthritis, genetics, a jaw injury, or bite misalignment. In most cases, professionals try to avoid surgery because there are a variety of less-invasive, helpful therapy options that can ease your pain.
TMD often goes undiagnosed because patients aren’t aware of what types of symptoms to look out for. Here are some signs that you could be suffering from this condition:
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact our office immediately so Dr. Weber, the dentist near you, can examine your facial structure and develop a treatment plan.
Dr. Weber offers customized oral appliances to help cushion your teeth from damage caused by grinding and shift your jaw into a more natural position while you sleep. They help provide your facial muscles and joints, which have been working overtime, with much-needed relief, helping eliminate uncomfortable TMD symptoms. These appliances also act as a cushion between your teeth, preventing nightly grinding that can cause you to wake up with a broken or cracked tooth.
If you have any questions about TMJ dysfunction or believe that you suffer from this condition, don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule a consultation.