Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) serve the important function of hinging your jaw to the rest of the skull, using a complex system of ligaments and muscles to perform jaw movement. These sophisticated joints also help you to you chew up tough foods but can develop what is called TMJ disorder if they experience inflammation and pain due to injury in the joints. While TMJ disorder can negatively impact your life, we can provide a variety of solutions to treat the condition and improve your jaw health.
TMJ disorder can result in significant discomforts, such as a persistent dull ache involving the ears and temples or jaw pain when opening and closing your mouth or chewing your food. If you frequently grind your teeth at night, you may suffer from jaw muscle tension and joint inflammation that result in the development of a TMJ disorder. Other causes of TMJ disorder can include arthritis, joint dislocation and chronic inflammation.
Our team at Ballwin Dental Care offers mild and significant TMJ treatment to address different disorders and treat several TMJ disorder symptoms. First, we determine if your discomfort can be improved with basic lifestyle habits like taking an anti-inflammatory medication, eating softer foods and using heat packs to relieve muscle tension.
Tooth grinding may require a custom-fitted night guard to address TMJ disorder, which is an appliance that conforms to your mouth to prevent damage from grinding your teeth and stopping the muscles from locking up. A night guard can also help you avoid damage biting surface in your teeth.
If these minor treatments are not optimal to relieve your symptoms, our dentist can provide advanced treatment options in the form of muscle relaxers, rehabilitation exercises or even surgical intervention to correct a persistent condition.
If you are interested in discussing treatment TMJ disorder in Ballwin, Missouri, you are welcome to contact our office at 636.552.9647 and arrange a time to speak with Dr. Kimberly Simonds.