TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. The TMJ is the joint or hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Problems in this joint may be caused by misaligned teeth, dental trauma, or excess muscle tension.
Cartilage buffers the two bones and five muscles that meet in this area, but any problems in this area can create quite a bit of pain and biting difficulties. TMJ headaches and ear pain can be difficult for patients to live with, which is why it’s important to consult with our Wyoming TMJ dentist.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Treatments for TMJ include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, and filling gaps between teeth. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Occasionally, a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and in severe cases, TMJ surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint. Our Wyoming family dentist will be able to discuss your treatment options with you so you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
Dr. Helmus DDS at River Ridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has experience treating and relieving TMJ symptoms for patients. If you are interested in discussing your treatment options for TMJ, call our Wyoming family dentistry at (616) 538-7320.