The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to your skull’s temporal bone. It's an integral part of the chewing system and can be affected by various issues, including teeth grinding or misalignment.
Fortunately, there are treatments available to help manage TMJ/TMD disorder. At Springbrook Family Dentistry, our professionals will help you understand your pain and provide relief through TMJ/TMD treatment. Our team, led by Dr. Finney, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD disorders. We can quickly assess the situation and get you on the path toward relief.
TMJ is the affected anatomy and not the dental problem.
The first meeting with the East Aurora dentist involves taking the patient’s history, examining the jaw, and performing necessary tests. This will help Dr. Finney identify the cause of the TMJ disorder and design the best treatment plan for you.
Your customized treatment plan may include one or more of the following: physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, diet changes to reduce inflammation, stress reduction techniques, and bite correction therapy with a night guard.
A night guard will help protect the teeth from grinding and clenching at night. We will ensure that the night guard fits comfortably and correctly, so you can wear it every night for maximum benefit.
The most common signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD include the following:
• Pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or around the ear
• A clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw
• Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
• A feeling of fatigue in the jaw
• Jaw stiffness or lockjaw
If not treated, TMJ/TMD can cause sleep disorders.
There is evidence that suggests that TMD can be a trigger for migraines. One study found that TMJ disorders were more common in people who experienced migraines than those who didn't have migraines at all.
While it is unclear why TMD might trigger migraines, the relationship between the two conditions is likely due to both being linked to changes in brain activity. However, it is essential to note that not everyone with TMJ disorders will experience migraines and that there are other possible causes, such as stress or hormonal changes. If you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, it's essential to seek assistance from your dentist for diagnosis and treatment.
TMJ problems can affect young individuals during adolescence. Research shows that these problems are more prone during puberty, affecting adolescents’ ability to participate in everyday activities.
There is no particular cause of TMJ pain.