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TMJ Specialist Near Plano, TX
TMJ Specialist Near Plano, TX
The mention of TMJ often refers to the pain associated with the temporomandibular joint. This pain can be excruciating and very intrusive, as it can flare up whenever you move your jaw. This can make it difficult to speak, eat or drink. Beyond Smiles offers treatment for this unfortunate condition, and can help relieve your pain today!
What is the main cause of TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint combines sliding motions with a hinge action. Covered with cartilage and separated by small shock-absorbing disks, these areas of the bones that make contact with the joint normally keep the movement smooth.
Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:
- The disk moves out of its proper alignment or erodes
- The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
- The joint is damaged by an impact or blow
However, in many cases the cause of TMJ disorders isn’t clear. Possible factors that increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders include:
- Different types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Jaw injury
- Long-term (chronic) grinding or clenching of teeth
- Certain connective tissue diseases that cause problems that may have an effect on the temporomandibular joint
What can a dentist do for TMJ?
While many probably think of dentists as just teeth doctors, they can’t treat you properly without looking at your mouth as part of a system. That system definitely includes your temporomandibular joint. A dentist can help diagnose your TMJ disorder, and may also refer you to a physician or a specialist dentist for further diagnosis.
There are dental treatments that may help because TMJ can be caused by tooth & jaw alignment problems. So that your mouth can close in the proper position, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist for treatments like braces, which can help realign the teeth & the jaws. In many cases, treatment from an orthodontist can alleviate TMJ symptoms.
Your dentist may recommend that you wear a custom dental appliance if your TMJ comes from teeth grinding or clenching. This appliance will keep your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth and is often called a bite plate or a splint. This bite guard will prevent wear on your teeth from grinding that can lead to other problems in addition to alleviating TMJ symptoms.
In rare cases, TMJ may require jaw surgery to correct.
Please speak with your dentist if you are concerned that you may have symptoms that indicate TMJ. We want to get you relief from pain & discomfort as quickly as we can!
How can the dentist tell if you have TMJ?
You likely need to see a dentist for TMJ disorder/TMD if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- You have unexplained chronic headaches (especially upon waking up in the morning).
- You experience pain in the joints on one or more sides of your jaw when you chew your food or open your mouth widely.
- You have muscle tenderness or pain in your face, neck, shoulder, or ears.
- Your jaw locks in a closed or open position.
- You experience facial swelling.
- You experience painful clicking, popping, or grating upon opening your jaw.
If you or someone you know is experiencing pain associated with the temporomandibular joint, come to Beyond Smiles today! We have experts who specialize in treating TMJ and can help alleviate your symptoms. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!