Don’t let jaw pain stop you from enjoying life’s many pleasures! TMJ Disorder, also referred to as TMD, occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions improperly. This can happen for many reasons. Regardless of the cause, the effects can include facial discomfort, disrupted sleep, headaches, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty opening or shutting your mouth, and even numbness in the arms and fingers. In fact, this condition is associated with a wide range of symptoms that can at first seem unrelated to your dental health. Dr. Nadja Horst, our experienced dentist, can diagnose and treat this concern with the latest techniques. If you think TMJ Disorder may be affecting you, find out what Urban Dentistry can do to help.
Have a few more questions or want to schedule a consultation? Contact us today to speak with someone from our skilled dental team. We can help you manage TMJ Disorder and find relief from discomfort.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ acts as the hinge between the upper and lower jaw, and there is one on each side of your mouth. Your jaw utilizes this mechanism to open and shut for yawning, chewing, and speaking. Problems with the TMJ can occur as a result of many factors, such as overuse, imbalance, or another issue. There are many side effects associated with TMJ Disorder, though some symptoms, such as teeth grinding, may be both a cause of TMJ Disorder and a result of the condition. While the origins may not always be understood, there are several effective treatment options that can help you manage this problem and achieve greater comfort in your day-to-day experience.
What works for one person may not for another, which is why we offer a comprehensive selection of TMJ Disorder treatments. After evaluating your symptoms and discussing your concerns, Dr. Horst may recommend one or more of the following:
- Oral night guards or day guards
- Bite re-alignment appliances
- Orthodontics (braces or retainers)
- Restorative dental procedures
- Oral surgery
We will begin with conservative methods first, utilizing more advanced techniques if warranted. In most cases, however, simple approaches can provide significant relief of symptoms. Your comfort, safety, and results are paramount, and we will customize a treatment plan to suit your needs and lifestyle.
TMJ Disorder is more than just uncomfortable and inconvenient; it can lead to serious damage over time. If you believe that you may have this condition, contact us today. We will answer your questions and help to schedule an appointment with Dr. Horst as quickly as possible.