What is TMJ and how does it impact my smile?
Many general dentists such as Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, Colorado work with patients who have questions about a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition, often caused TMJ or TMD, can become problematic for individuals, causing pain and discomfort. By getting a proper diagnosis of the condition and speaking to a professional about solutions, many patients can find relief with appropriate treatment. Below are some commonly asked questions about TMJ/TMD.
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, while TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition affects the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw together. It allows us to open and close our mouth for speaking, yawning, chewing, and talking. When this jaw joint becomes dysfunctional, it can result in various issues that may be difficult for patients to manage.
What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
Common symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Pain in or around the jaw joint and surrounding muscles
- Clicking or popping of the jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Neck, ear, shoulder, and head pain
- Difficulty or pain opening or closing the jaw
How does TMJ/TMD affect my smile?
Some patients experience dysfunction of the jaw joint due to poor bite alignment, in which certain treatments such as orthodontic services can alleviate the issue. In some instances, the problem lies in the joint and muscles themselves. Patients with significant muscle pain may consider certain injectable treatments to manage pain and discomfort such as Botox. Treatment may also include wearing a specialized night guard or mouthguard to protect the teeth and reduce tension in the jaw joint. Once a patient has a definitive diagnosis of TMJ/TMD, they can work alongside Dr. Ania Mohelicki to find a solution that works!
Ready to learn more about TMJ/TMD?
Speak to a dentist with extensive experience in helping patients with this and many other dental concerns. Dr. Ania Mohelicki and her team in Boulder, Colorado encourage new patients to learn more about this condition to better understand how it can affect oral health. Call (303) 872-9940 to schedule a visit with our team at 2919 Valmont Road, Ste. #106.