Sleep Dentistry of Portland offers diagnosis and treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder — commonly referred to as TMJ.
How Your TMJ Works
Located right below the ear, the temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge between the skull (temple) and jaw (mandible). Cartilage covers the parts where bones connect, and a disk of tissue keeps movement smooth.
Similar to your body’s other joints, the temporomandibular joint can experience strain, tears, and chronic disorders.
TMJ disorders can be caused by problems anywhere in the bone, joint, or muscles of the jaw and often cause symptoms in nearby areas.
Common TMJ causes:
- Teeth griding
- Habitual teeth cleaning
- A bad bite
- Misaligned jaw
- Dislocated jaw
- Trauma from impact or whiplash
- Problems in the ears, nose, or throat
Diagnosis and TMJ Treatments
Because of its proximity to other systems, TMJ problems quickly affect other areas of your health.
Many people who are suffering from a TMJ disorder experience back, jaw, face, or neck pain.
Left untreated, TMJ disorders cause acute pain and may lead to tooth and bone damage that’s difficult to repair. Gums, joints and other soft tissues are soon affected.Sleep Dentistry of Portland can examine and consider your diverse symptoms to diagnose the real cause behind TMJ pain.
Teeth grinding is preventable, and a normal jaw position can be restored.
Once properly aligned, the joint works with your jaw to make chewing and talking comfortable again.