Do you have soreness in your jaw or face? Do you have other symptoms affecting your jaw area? Temporomandibular joint disorders, referred to as TMJ, TMD or TMJD, are common and can be painful and limit the function of your jaw. There are many dental issues that can contribute to TMJ/TMD.
Receiving general dental treatment can help improve your jaw function and give relief from this disorder. At Monaco Dentistry, we can help diagnose and treat TMJ at our office in Apollo Beach.
TMJ or TMD involves the jaw joints and surrounding muscles, causing dysfunction and discomfort. The causes of this condition vary. Tooth or jaw misalignment can put extra stress on the jaw, causing TMJ. Missing teeth can also create an imbalance that can lead to TMD. Bruxism, the act of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, can put undue stress on the jaw joint. To treat TMJ, it is important to understand the underlying factors that cause this condition.
TMJ sufferers can have a wide variety of symptoms. The most common one is pain in the jaw and face. Other symptoms include headaches, popping in the jaw, difficulty opening/closing the jaw and ear problems. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis, as TMJ is often misdiagnosed as another condition.
In extreme cases, TMJ can require surgery, but many people can get relief from other types of treatments. Dr. Amrooei can perform a thorough exam and help determine the cause of the disorder in your jaw and offer a treatment solution. Orthodontics can provide relief for many with TMD if misalignment is causing the dysfunction. Replacing missing teeth with our restorative dentistry may also be a solution. For some, wearing a nightguard for your teeth, that we can customize at our office, can offer relief.
If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or think you may have this disorder, contact Monaco Dentistry today to schedule an appointment at our office. We can help find the source of your jaw pain and offer a solution to give you relief from your symptoms.