If you have TMJ, you may notice any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may be worse at certain times of day, or they may be constant.
TMJ has several potential causes. For example, you may experience this condition because there’s a structural problem with your joint. You may also have TMJ symptoms if you injure your jaw or develop arthritis. In addition, many patients have TMJ because they grind or clench their teeth, either while asleep or during periods of stress.
Your dentist can diagnose TMJ based on an examination of your jaw as well as a discussion of your symptoms. In some cases, your dentist may order an X-ray to look for specific structural problems.
Some cases of TMJ occur because of a problem with your teeth or bite. If this is the cause of your TMJ symptoms, your dentist may be able to resolve it by repairing the underlying problem, which may involve placing a bridge or recommending orthodontic work.
In other cases, your dentist may recommend wearing a splint or mouth guard at night to stop you from clenching or grinding your teeth. This device works by holding your upper and lower teeth apart to reduce the effects of grinding and clenching.
Your dentist can order a customized mouth guard for you based on an impression of your teeth. The dentist sends this impression to a lab that creates the appliance. Because it’s customized for your mouth, you can wear it comfortably while you sleep.
If you continue to experience TMJ symptoms even after seeking treatment from a dentist, you may be able to relieve pain with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. If you clench your teeth during the day because of stress, you may benefit from relaxation techniques.
At Tusc Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.