Do you suffer from pain or tenderness when you bite or chew? Do you often have neck or shoulder pain? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Did you know that all of these issues could be related to problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?
What is TMJ?
Your jaw joint is one of the most complex joints in your body because it not only allows your jaw to open and close but also move from side to side. When this joint isn't functioning correctly, it can cause a host of issues and become debilitating. Many patients suffer from chronic pain or headaches caused by TMJ issues that makes it hard to function on a daily basis.
Some of the signs of TMJ to be aware of are:
- Facial pain
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Popping or clicking in your jaw joint
- Tooth sensitivity
- Locking of your jaw either open or closed
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (Bruxism)
How is TMJ Treated?
If you notice these symptoms, we encourage you to contact Dr. Chris Meunier at Reliant Family Dental. He has experience in helping patients determine the root cause of their TMJ issues to decide the best course of action for treatment.
For many patients, occlusal splint therapy may be the solution. A splint fits over your teeth to reposition the jaw muscles into a more comfortable position, which helps to relieve the symptoms of TMJ. It also protects teeth from the effects of bruxism or clenching and grinding your teeth.
Other patients may benefit from orthodontic treatment to correct a misaligned bite. Occlusal equilibration may also be an option to make tiny adjustments to your teeth and help them fit together more comfortably.
Don't let TMJ pain in Evansville, IN hold you back any longer! Contact Reliant Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Meunier.