You may be dealing with TMJ or TMD without even knowing it. If not treated it can progressively become more obvious. Luckily, we are able to identify and treat TMJ/TMD. We will take a comprehensive look at your mouth, teeth, and jaw to see how they all work together. We will also ask about your symptoms and any pain you may be experiencing. With this information, we will be able to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition that can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint. The acronym “TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw (the mandible) to the skull. The TMJ is a complex joint that allows the jaw to move in many directions, including up and down, side to side, and forward and backward. It also absorbs shocks from chewing and other jaw movements. TMJ disorders can occur when there is an imbalance in the muscles or ligaments that control the jaw, or when there is damage to the cartilage or bones in the joint.
TMJ and TMD are two acronyms that are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different things. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder, which is a group of conditions that can cause pain and dysfunction in the TMJ. TMJ and TMD are both relatively common, and symptoms can include pain in the jaw, face, and neck; clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw; and headaches.
A nightguard is a common treatment option that we commonly use. So, what does a nightguard do? A nightguard is a device that is worn over the teeth at night. It is used to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. It is also used to protect the teeth from wear and tear. The nightguard is made of soft material and fits snugly over the teeth. It is comfortable to wear and can be easily removed. The nightguard can be worn for many years and is an effective way to protect the teeth from damage.
If you’re dealing with TMJ or TMD, we highly recommend contacting Garfield Dental Group. Our team of expert dentists will work with you to figure out exactly what’s causing your problem and develop a treatment plan that will have you feeling better in no time. So don’t suffer any longer, visit our Traverse City dental office.