TMJ, also known as temporomandibular disorder, is a common condition that affects your jaw joints, which are the two joints that connect your upper to your lower jaw. Mild cases of TMJ may not cause much pain. However, if you have severe TMJ, treatment can relieve debilitating discomfort.
Common signs and symptoms of TMJ include:
When left untreated, TMJ pain may worsen over time or diminish your quality of life. See Dr. Kumar at the first sign of painful TMJ.
TMJ is common and can happen to anyone, but risk factors for developing it include:
Sometimes the cause of TMJ isn’t known. There are a variety of ways to reduce TMJ pain, regardless of what’s causing the condition.
To find out if TMJ is the source of your discomfort, Dr. Kumar discusses your medical and oral health history. She examines your jaw and may ask you to open and close your mouth to assess jaw joint tenderness and range of motion. Dental X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans help her make a final diagnosis and develop a highly effective treatment.
Common TMJ treatments that Dr. Kumar may recommend for you include:
Dr. Kumar digitally scans your mouth to create a custom-fitted mouth guard you can wear at night to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. She tailors each treatment to alleviate TMJ discomfort and may recommend you try more than one solution to achieve the best results.
If needed, Dr. Kumar can refer you to a specialist if you have a severe or complex case of TMJ.
If you suspect you have TMJ and want relief, call the Aqua Dentistry office, or schedule an appointment online today.