The temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles in the jaw are responsible for the movement required when you chew or open your mouth. When these components become damaged or stressed, they can cause pain and dysfunction. This condition is referred to as TMJ or TMD and can cause discomfort for sufferers. However, it can certainly be treated. Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC, offers effective treatments for TMJ at our office in Roswell.
Often, TMJ is caused or accentuated by dental problems. If your teeth or bite is not properly aligned, it can cause stress on the jaw joint and muscles. Missing or crooked teeth can be the reason for the misalignment of the bite, causing undue stress on the jaw. Issues like breathing through the mouth, due to sinus problems or allergies, can put extra stress on the jaw. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be related to TMJ/TMD, this is due to the misalignment of the jaw or an aggravation of the joint when the jaw is clenched.
We look for the cause of stress on the jaw and recommend procedures to help reduce pressure. This can include orthodontic procedures, replacing missing teeth, wearing a nightguard and other options. Overall oral health can often eliminate the pain and discomfort that comes with TMJ, giving you relief.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
TMJ often comes with a wide variety of symptoms. Jaw and facial pain are the most common, but others have radiating symptoms throughout the head and neck area. Some symptoms that could be caused from TMJ include:
- Tooth pain
- Neck or shoulder aches
- Ear aches or ringing in the ears
- Sleep disruption
- Clicking or grinding in the jaw
- Issues chewing or opening the mouth
If you have been diagnosed with TMD or have some of these symptoms, contact Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC to schedule a consultation. We can perform a thorough exam to determine if you have TMJ and the cause of your discomfort. With treatment, you can get relief and recover proper function again.