Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (commonly referred to as TMJ and sometimes TMD) are diagnosed when issues with the jaw and muscles that control the Temporomandibular joint, which connects your skull and jaw. The severity of TMJ issues vary greatly, but, unfortunately, it is usually quite painful.
Those impacted are typically in their 20s and 30s, and more women than men are diagnosed. There are numerous causes of TMJ, including, but not limited to:
There are several signs to be aware of that indicate that you may have TMJ:
If you have been experiencing any of these issues, you should set up an appointment with your dentist. Firstly, there are numerous other issues that could be going on when you think you have TMJ, such as sinus issues, gum disease, and tooth decay, so those should be ruled out. To determine if you have TMJ, dentists will commonly check your jaw joints to see if there is clicking, popping, pain, etc. He or she may also order X-rays, MRIs or, CTs. Secondly, there are an array of treatment options, so you and your doctor can determine the best treatment route based on your personal needs if you are indeed diagnosed with TMJ.
The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care have experience with many patients that have TMJ. They can to provide personalized treatment plans, from changing your diet to softer foods and facial exercises to a night guard.