The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, has a tendency to cause dental patients pain. Dentists refer to this condition as TMD which stands for temporomandibular dysfunction or disorder.
What is my TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint connects your skull’s temporal bone to your lower jaw bone, or mandible. It acts as a hinge allowing your jaw to move up and down and side to side. The TMJ is located below the ears on either side of your face.
Why do I have TMJ pain?
A variety of reasons cause TMJ pain. From arthritis to genetics, stress to facial injuries, when your temporomandibular joint isn’t functioning properly, the pain can seem unbearable. Let’s look more closely at the causes:
Grinding or Clenching Teeth
Can I relieve TMD pain?
Cold and Hot Treatment
Missing teeth or a misaligned bite is often the cause of TMD. Restorative dental procedures eliminate any stress on your joints and repair your bite and teeth functions to return them to their proper place.
DeBonis Family Dentistry works closely with medical professionals specializing in TMD in Ross Township, Ingomar, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Glenshaw, and their surrounding areas in order to deliver the best treatments possible.
How is TMD diagnosed?
If jaw pain is present, it is recommended to call our dentist as soon as possible. If you’ve experienced chronic or acute pain in your face and jaw, consult with our team in order to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. At your appointment, we will examine the area and discuss…
- Any difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Tired or sore feelings in your facial muscles
- Difficulty chewing foods
- Tenderness in the joint, ears, and neck area
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty in speech
These symptoms may be a sign of TMJ issues. A professional diagnosis is recommended in order to thoroughly treat existing or underlying issues.
DeBonis Family Dentistry is focused on your oral health as well as TMJ issues that could lead to TMD. We’ll examine your bite, inspect your oral cavity, and use X-rays to determine the cause of your pain. Should additional images be required, we will work with the areas professionals to ensure your pain is managed in a timely manner.
DeBonis Family Dentistry has treated patients with a variety of TMJ issues for years. If you are concerned about your temporomandibular joints, give us a call at (412) 761-9594. We will find a time that works for you to conveniently come in and see us.
Our extensive knowledge of TMD diagnoses and treatments means that your oral health is in great hands.