Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? You may have a TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull, and pain can arise in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw. Other often painful symptoms can damage teeth. TMJ disorders also make it difficult to use the jaw and teeth properly.
Causes of TMJ
Common causes of TMJ disorders can include:
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Trauma to the jaw
- Crooked teeth
Patients with these conditions are more prone to developing TMJ disorders because they put the jaw under pressure. This pressure can be painful and may result in more problems for patients.
Symptoms of TMJ
Common signs of TMJ to look out for include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call our office today at (479) 431-4212. Dr. Heather Adams will work with you to find a solution
When TMJ symptoms are mild, at-home options may help alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
- Using a heat pack
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
However, if your TMJ pain is severe and frequent, you can call our office. Our professional team will make sure that you can get effective treatment.
Oral appliances act like mouth guards, covering and protecting teeth to prevent further wear and tear. This treatment can be worn during sleep or during anxiety-inducing situations. Oral appliances take the pressure off of the jaw and prevent teeth from clenching and grinding. If teeth have become worn down or damaged due to a TMJ disorder, we will help coordinate restorative and cosmetic treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
Call Dr. Adams and her team for high-quality care today at (479) 431-4212. You can also schedule an appointment with our professionals online. Dr. Adams will coordinate treatment with you and will ensure that you are receiving comfortable and relaxing care in-office.