TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This joint between your jaw and your skull is the only joint of its kind in your body. Unfortunately, it can be the source of many painful problems for some people. If you experience joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, nighttime grinding and clenching, or similar symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD or temporomandibular disorder.
TMD can be caused by misaligned teeth, traumatic injury, or muscular habits often triggered by stress. At Buxton Family Dental, we can treat many TMJ issues with a simple appliance that will help guide your jaw into a more comfortable position and protect the teeth. Typically, these appliances are worn at night while sleeping, which is when most of the problems occur. Other cases require daytime use, which necessitates an appliance that is a little more discreet for appearance’s sake.
Periodically, we’ll meet a patient whose TMD case is much more complicated in nature and requires the aid of a specialist. There is still no specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that strictly focuses on TMJ treatment; however, many general dentists and various specialists focus heavily on this type of treatment so they can help these more complicated cases. Come on in for a consultation and we’d be happy to help you decide what type of treatment you need.