A TMJ disorder is the result of severe strain on the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). The TMJs are located on either side of the face just in front of and below the earlobes. These joints are very active as they control the opening and closing of the jaw and are in use when you eat, drink, speak, and breathe. However, despite their frequent use, these joints may be rather delicate when they are subjected to stress. According to your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, a TMJ disorder may result from a variety of circumstances that put the TMJs under strain. Among the most common of these causes is bruxism (teeth grinding). As teeth are clenched and grinded against one another, the jaw will experience significant stress, and because bruxism is often habitual, the continuation of the stress will often result in a disorder. Other potential causes of TMJ disorders include malocclusion (a misaligned bite) and a blow to the jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Discovering a TMJ disorder early can save you a lot of discomfort. Therefore, it is important to know what small signs you should look for in addition to larger, more debilitating symptoms. Among the smaller signs are a sore jaw, occasional headaches, and a popping or clicking noise that occurs when you open and close your mouth. The more debilitating symptoms include frequent headaches, facial pain, earaches, migraines, pain in your jaw joints or muscles, and a locked jaw. If you experience these symptoms, contact your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong for an examination.
TMD Treatment from your Polk City Dentist
If you suspect that your discomfort is the result of a TMJ disorder, Dr. Hussong will examine the position of your jaw, the way your teeth come together in a bite, and any wear on your teeth to determine whether a TMJ disorder is indeed the cause. If Dr. Hussong determines that a TMJ disorder is the culprit, he will discuss your treatment options with you. Treatment typically involves adjusting the bite and wearing a dental mouthpiece during sleep to correct the alignment of your jaw.
About Cornerstone Dental: At Cornerstone Dental, Dr. Ryan Hussong has made it a priority to ensure his patients’ comfort. He enjoys working with patients of all ages and forming relationships with families in the Polk City area. New patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling (515) 984-6001.