The temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJ, are the joints and muscles of the jaw that make it able to open and close. These joints are located on each side of the head and work together when someone swallows, chews, or even speaks. They also control the mandible (the lower jaw) as it moves. Each TMJ has a disc between a ball and a socket. This disc allows the jaw to open wide and to glide or rotate. Any issue that prevents this movement results in TMJ disorder.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
Some possible causes of TMJ disorder include dislocation, injury, arthritis, tooth and jaw alignment, stress, and teeth grinding. Diagnosis is important before any treatment can be performed by one of our dentists in Miami. We check the joints and surrounding muscles for clicking, popping, difficulty moving, and any tenderness. From there, we can determine the best course of treatment for your situation.
Treatment Options for TMJ
Some of the most common TMJ Disorder treatment plans for TMJ disorder at our Miami dental office include exercises to strengthen the muscles as well as medications such as anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants. We also can provide a nightguard to help to reduce incidences of grinding of the teeth leading to increased pain. In some incidences, our dentist may also recommend fixing an uneven bite by reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also prove to be beneficial for these patients.
Call to Schedule an Appointment to Discuss TMJ Disorder Treatment
The pain associated with TMJ disorder can be immense. Our dental team is experienced in treating patients like you. To learn more about TMJ Disorder and to schedule an examination with one of our dentists in Miami, call our office today at 305-670-5100.