One of the most important parts about maintaining your overall oral health is one that is often neglected by many of today’s patients. In order to ensure that your oral health is optimal and that you do not have any serious issues that could cause you trouble down the road, it is important to pay attention to your mouth and your jaw in addition to your teeth. That means that if you experience any kind of jaw issue – pain, tenderness, or stiffness – you should make an appointment to come in and see your dentist. At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help you determine the cause of your pain. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), for example, is the site of a common disorder that can cause a variety of difficulties with your jaw.
What is TMJ disorder?First of all, it is important to understand exactly what the TMJ is. When you open your mouth wide, your jaw unhinges a bit by using joints that are located on the sides of your face. If you put your fingers over the joint while opening and closing your mouth, you can feel how it works to enable you to do things like chewing, speaking, and yawning. Sometimes, however, this joint ends up causing pain instead of operating smoothly. Other times, it can create difficulty when you are attempting to open your mouth. TMJ disorder can even lead to difficulty swallowing or talking depending upon the severity of the symptoms.
What causes TMJ disorder?TMJ disorder is a tough disorder to examine the causes of. We don’t really know exactly what causes specific incidents, in other words, although we believe that things like genetics, arthritis, or jaw injuries could be important factors. The important thing to understand is that anyone can develop TMJ disorder – and, on the other, some people never experience even an instance of it. If you do suffer from tenderness or stiffness in your jaw or your TMJ, however, then it is important that you take the time to contact us so that we can take a look and determine our best approach to treating and solving the issue.
What are the treatment and diagnosis processes when it comes to TMJ disorder?We will examine your jaw and your mouth to determine if you meet the criteria of TMJ disorder. If they believe that something with your teeth might be instigating the issue, then we might order X-rays to be taken in order to see if there are any obvious causes. Locating an obvious issue with your bite, for example, could help us to determine the best treatment option out there for your needs.
There are a wide variety of treatment options when it comes to TMJ disorder, but many of them depend upon your specific symptoms. If you experience chronic pain as part of the disorder, there might also be therapies or medications you could take to help find relief.
For more information about TMJ disorder and how we can help, please give us a call today! Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576