When you wake up in the morning, do you have a pounding headache and stiff, sore jaws? If so, you could be suffering from pain caused by TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or a TMJ disorder, is a when your jaw muscles and supporting nerves malfunction. This could be because of an injury or misalignment of the temporomandibular joint. You don’t have to suffer from this painful and inconvenient disorder. If you’re seeing relief, consider visiting your dentist in Bedford at Peaks ViewDental. We have a solution for you.
What is a TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is what keeps your jaw and skull connected. These joints are located on either side of your head near each of your ears. Their primary functions are to help your smile stay aligned, assist in eating and speaking correctly.
What exactly is TMJ disorder?
A malfunctioning temporomandibular joint can lead to pain while chewing, clicking and popping of the jaw, swelling of the face, inflammation, earaches, and headaches. The good news is that you don’t have to tolerate TMJ disorder pain another day. Our team is here to help you understand what causes it, the signs, and how to treat it.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Although there isn’t a concrete cause for TMJ disorder, there are multiple factors that have been found to contribute to the dysfunction of your temporomandibular joints. TMJ disorder is most commonly found among:
- Women aged 18 to 44
- Patients with poor posture in the neck and upper back muscles
- Patients with stress leading to muscle tension and jaw clenching
- Patients with other chronic inflammatory disorders
- Patients with jaw trauma or malocclusion
- Patients with a genetic predisposition
Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms
If you experience any of these symptoms or a combination of them, it’s time to visit your Bedford dentist to discuss TMJ disorder treatment options:
- Pain in the jaw and jaw stiffness
- Popping or clicking noises in the jaw
- Earaches, ringing or popping sounds in the ears
- Headaches and blurred vision
- Tight or sore jaw or neck muscles
- Shoulder pain
- Locking or dislocation of the jaw after chewing or yawning
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
If your seeking help for your oral pain, you’re looking in the right place. Our office offers custom night guards, otherwise known as custom oral appliances. These are plastic mouthpieces that fit over the upper and/or lower teeth. They prevent both arches from coming together. This reduces your ability to clench and grind your teeth. They help to correct your bite by putting the teeth in contact with the appliance and moving them into their best position.
Contact Parks View Dental Today
If you choose to visit Parks View Dental for assistance with your jaw pain, we can work with you one-on-one to develop a custom treatment plan. Call our office today to get started with your dental plan.