Monday, April 2, 2012

Is Your Pain Caused By TMJ?

Pain in your face, jaw, neck, and shoulders. Headaches. Bite problems. Popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth. Difficulty opening the mouth. All of these symptoms which can range from discomforting to debilitating can be caused by TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The good news is that TMJ is treatable, and at Implant & General Dentistry we have many treatment options available.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is acute or chronic inflammation of the joint connecting the lower jaw and the skull. Some of the potential causes include an injury to the muscles in the jaw, head, or neck; teeth grinding or other action exerting a great deal of pressure on the joint (sometimes attributed to stress); or arthritis in the joint.

TMJ Treatments

We have several options when it comes to treating TMJ. These range from noninvasive approaches such as bite splints and bite guards, to medication, to more extensive procedures such as restorative dentistry or adjusting the bite. The recommended course of action will depend on the severity of the disorder and the cause.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment call Implant and General Dentistry today at 919-782-0548.

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