The mouth requires a balance and a unique structure to withstand all the pressure it endures. Think about it—with the constant opening, closing, talking, and chewing, your jaw does a lot!
If the jaw isn’t working correctly together with the teeth, jaw, and neck, you may have difficulty biting and chewing. Even a slight misalignment can unfortunately throw the entire system off-balance.
Patients who are experiencing jaw pain or headaches may be suffering from TMJ disorder. That’s where your Lakeville Dental professionals come in. With the help of our new technology and unique skill sets, we can help you achieve a comfortable and functional position for your bite. We can usually eliminate TMJ disorder (TMD) with conservative orthopedic care.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder or TMD) is a structural imbalance in the jaw-skull relationship. It may be caused by a genetically bad bite, physical trauma, or inflammatory disease. It can put a lot of strain on the jaw and surrounding structures, leading to symptoms like:
- Pain in the jaw
- Clicking sounds in the jaw
- Buzzing, ringing, pain, or congestion in the ears
- Posture problems
- Pain in the shoulders, back, and neck
- Difficulties chewing and swallowing
- Limited jaw movement or lock jaw
- Thermal sensitivity
- Facial pain or tired facial muscles
- Clenching or grinding the teeth
- Worn down, chipped, or cracked teeth or dental restorations
Thousands of sufferers are unsure of the cause of their symptoms. They visit one medical specialist and then another to try and resolve their symptoms, but they are unable to find relief. If any of the above symptoms are plaguing your life, visit us at Lakeville Dental for a detailed TMJ analysis.
Reducing Stiffness and Increasing Function with TMJ Appliances
We can take away those TMJ symptoms with conservative and convenient treatments. Our TMJ appliances are custom-fit to each individual patient. They are worn during sleep to relax the muscles and better align the jaw.
If you are experiencing symptoms that might be due to TMD, you can schedule your evaluation at Lakeville Dental today.