TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a common problem that’s estimated to affect between 5-12% of American adults in their lifetime. While it’s more common in men than women, it can affect anyone of any age. In fact, you might have TMJ and not even know it.
So how can you recognize TMJ and get the help you need? In this blog from SmileSpot, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Read on, and learn with us.
TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint disorder.” This refers to the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, which is located underneath each of your ears. This delicate joint connects the jaw to the skull, allowing us to move our mouths when we chew, speak, bite, and more.
If this joint becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed, it won’t work properly. This results in TMJ, which can cause a lot of different issues including jaw pain, an inability to open and close your mouth properly, and more.
So, how can you know if TMJ is affecting you? Let’s take a look at a few of the most common signs and symptoms of this disorder now.
If you have TMJ, don't worry. You have options for TMJ treatment at SmileSpot. Many mild cases of TMJ can be resolved with lifestyle changes, and by doing things like wearing a night guard to minimize grinding. Additionally, Dr. David Pham can create a custom-built TMJ appliance to shift your jaw into a healthier position, and encourage your temporomandibular joint to heal.
TMJ is a serious problem, however. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can resolve your condition. To learn more about oral appliance therapy for TMJ, contact SmileSpot for a consultation with Dr. Pham now.
As an experienced dentist, Dr. David Pham can determine the cause of your TMJ, identify the best solution, and develop a treatment plan to provide you with relief from the pain and discomfort of your condition. Contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (714) 257-6453 to schedule your appointment.