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What is TMJ Disorder and How is it Treated?

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From struggling with the impact of COVID-19 or juggling tasks with remote work, you may start to experience certain conditions brought on by stress. Sometimes, this stress can manifest as pain near your jaw joint. Known as TMJ disorder, this condition happens when the jaw's temporomandibular joint (TMJ) becomes worn or damaged. Though stress plays a big part in TMJ disorder, it can also occur for several other reasons. To decrease your TMJ discomfort, The Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL is pleased to offer several effective treatments. During a consultation, our team can diagnose TMJ disorder, determine the underlying cause, and develop a customized treatment plan. Please read through our blog to learn more about the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder, and the therapies we offer. After reading our blog, we encourage you to schedule an appointment, so you can reduce the pain caused by TMJ jaw disorder.

What causes TMJ disorder?

The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull. A small pad of cartilage protects these bones to prevent the upper and lower jaw from rubbing against each other. Additionally, many sensitive nerves and powerful muscles connect in this area. When the cartilage becomes aggravated, it places excess pressure on the surrounding nerves, which causes uncomfortable symptoms. TMJ disorder can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Malocclusion or bite misalignment – This happens if your teeth do not align together. Malocclusion can cause pain because it places excess pressure on the jaw bones and muscles.
  • Trauma – Previous injuries to the jaw can place pressure on the joint.
  • Emotional Stressors – If you experience extreme stress, you may unknowingly clench your jaw or grind your teeth, which aggravates your TMJ.
  • Bruxism – Is a condition that causes patients to grind their teeth at night.

We will work with you to diagnose the issue, determine the underlying cause, and create a treatment plan that treats the issue.

What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder?

TMJ jaw disorder may cause several painful symptoms. Signs may include:

  • Pain near the jaw
  • Earache
  • Trouble sleeping through the night
  • Popping sounds when opening the jaw
  • Headaches, migraines, or neck pain
  • Problems with jaw locking

What treatments do we offer?

If you experience symptoms of TMJ disorder, we offer neuromuscular dentistry to combat the issue. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the teeth, muscles, and nerves within the mouth. Using innovative technology, we can determine the best position for your jaw. We start by utilizing a transcutaneous neural stimulator (TENS) to watch which muscles tense when they should be relaxed. With TENS technology, we can attain detailed and precise measurements from this test to create a customized orthotics and therapies, if and when needed.

Reduce pain caused by TMJ disorder

By creating a personalized treatment plan, we can eliminate painful symptoms caused by TMJ disorder. If you experience any issues, please schedule a visit to The Kodish-Perez Dental Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL, so we can help you live more comfortably. Our dentists have years of experience managing oral care and creating treatment plans that can address your concerns.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.