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If you have been experiencing radiating jaw pain, your jaw feels stiff, you have difficulties chewing or opening your mouth widely, or you hear “popping” or “clicking” noises when chewing and speaking, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, often called TMJ or TMD, can be tricky to diagnose and treat. But at Dreier Family Dental, Dr. Brandon Dreier can help you get the treatment you need to eliminate the pain and discomfort of TMJ/TMD. Get more details now.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition that causes involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth. Since it most often occurs during sleep, patients don’t realize they have bruxism until their dentist notices the consequential damage. Bruxism can make talking and eating difficult and painful. Even minor cases of bruxism can cause damage or sensitivity to your teeth. Symptoms include, chips, cracks, worn and sensitive teeth, headaches, and a general soreness of the jaw.

What Is TMJ/TMD?

As mentioned above, TMJ/TMD is a disorder with the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull, allowing you to move your jaw to chew and speak. It connects to your skull directly beneath your ear.

If this joint is damaged, infected, or inflamed, you could start experiencing quite a bit of pain and discomfort, and be unable to move your jaw properly.

What Causes TMJ/TMD?

TMD/TMJ can be caused by a number of different things. However, there are four causes that are the most common:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) – When you grind your teeth, a tremendous amount of pressure is placed on the temporomandibular joint. Prolonged teeth grinding can cause TMJ/TMD, and also damage your teeth.
  • Inflammatory diseases (arthritis) – If you have arthritis or another inflammatory disease, such as an autoimmune disorder, your temporomandibular joint can become inflamed and irritated, leading to TMJ/TMD.
  • Jaw overuse (chewing gum, clenching) – If you chew a lot of gum, or tend to clench your teeth a lot, you could put excessive strain on the joint, leading to TMJ/TMD.
  • Direct trauma to the joint (impact injuries) – An impact injury, like a slip and fall, car accident, or hard hit in a contact sport can knock the temporomandibular joint out of position, causing TMJ/TMD

How Can TMJ/TMD Be Treated?

This depends on the cause of your TMJ/TMD. A night guard and lifestyle changes may be recommended for TMJ causes by excessive clenching, teeth grinding, or gum chewing.

If your TMJ/TMD is being caused by an inflammatory disorder, you may be given anti-inflammatory medications. Corticosteroids can also be injected directly into the joint to provide relief.

Damage to the temporomandibular joint from facial trauma may involve ice packs, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and resting the joint by avoiding hard foods and excessive chewing. Surgery may be required in extreme cases, but this is quite rare.

Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Dreier Today!

The right treatment for your TMJ/TMD will depend on its root cause, severity, your lifestyle, and a number of other factors. At Dreier Family Dental, Dr. Brandon Dreier specializes in identifying the cause of TMJ/TMD.

You’ll be able to understand the cause of your pain and discomfort, and get relief with a customized treatment plan. Don’t wait. Get relief from your pain and suffering by giving us a call at (608) 752-2931, or dropping by our office at 2203 Holiday Dr. Janesville, WI 53545.

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