Do you suffer from reoccurring jaw pain? Maybe you have difficulty chewing or speaking because your jaw clicks and pops? You could have a disorder for the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. When it functions incorrectly, it can cause a wide range of symptoms that can drastically influence your quality of life. You can get the relief you need at Summit Boulevard Dental. We provide TMJ therapy in Reno to stop the pain.
When you have decreased movement or function of the temporomandibular joint, you may have a TMJ disorder. Often, pain and tenderness of the joint occurs, as well as pain around the ears. It is common to experience clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing your mouth. In some cases, your jaw may even lock into an opened or closed position.
While the symptoms are mainly located near the jaw, they can spread to other areas as well. Many people report to experience headaches, ear pain, ringing in the ears, and neck pain.
The causes of the disorder can be quite diverse. Often, it is the result of a past injury to the joint or arthritis; however, it can also be due to a poorly aligned bite or grinding and clenching of your teeth.
No matter the cause, you can get the relief you need for your TMJ disorder in Reno with a customized treatment plan.
To treat the disorder, it will require a trip to your dentist to have it properly diagnosed. A physical examination will be performed to evaluate the joint and its range of motion. In some cases, diagnostic images are taken, like an X-ray or CT scan.
After determining that the disorder is the cause, an individualized treatment plan will be created. There are several ways to treat it, such as reducing strain and pressure on the joint using home exercises. This enhances the flexibility and strength of the joint to help relieve tightness and tenderness. It is best to practice stress-relieving techniques to decrease the occurrence of grinding or clenching of the teeth, which can aggravate your symptoms.
An oral appliance is often recommended, which repositions and trains your jaw to rest in a more natural position. If a poorly aligned bite is the cause, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial.
If you are living with the complications of a TMJ disorder, Summit Boulevard Dental has the relief you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.