Your mouth relies on several different components to perform a wide variety of functions. One of the most important components is the temporomandibular joint or the TMJ. You have two of these joints, one on each side of the face. They are the meeting point between the mandible and the skull. These joints, which consist of a ball and socket with a disc between them, along with the attached muscles, ligaments and bones are responsible for the movements of your mouth. The discs absorb all of the forces that are placed on the TMJ. When the TMJ is irritated and inflamed, all of the functions that they perform are affected, which can severely limit the motions of your mouth. This can have a significant impact on your day to day life. Hunter Dental Care can help.
TMJ disorder is a term that covers a broad category of issues that affect your TMJ as well as the jaw and the attached muscles. No matter what the cause of your TMJ pain, the issue can significantly impact your ability to perform basic functions such as eating and speaking, decreasing your overall quality of life.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are some different causes of TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Symptoms of TMJ disorder vary, due to the different causes of the issue. These symptoms also do not occur all at once. In fact, they occur gradually, worsening over time. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
If you suspect an issue with your TMJ, we will perform a thorough oral examination. During this examination we assess the condition of your teeth, checking for alignment issues and wear patterns. We also take images of your mouth, which might include X-rays, CT scans, CAT scans or 3D imaging. These images allow us to see the teeth, the jawbone, the joints, the ligaments and the muscles. With a full picture of the condition of your mouth, we can formulate an accurate diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatments for your needs.
TMJ Disorder Treatments
There are several treatments that are available for TMJ disorder. We may recommend one of these treatments or a combination of multiple treatments that will help to provide you with optimal results.
With an appropriate diagnosis, we can provide you with the most effective treatment possible, which can greatly help to alleviate the pain associated with TMJ disorder and restore your quality of life. Call Hunter Dental Care today to schedule your appointment at (503) 622-9730.