TMJ is short for temporomandibular joints, which connect your jawbone to your skull. While these joints are small, their purpose is vital – in fact, anything that you do to move your jaw requires them to function properly. That’s why even a slight misalignment can lead to TMJ disorder, which causes serious, painful problems that affect eating, talking, and even smiling. When you experience discomfort due to TMJ disorder, please contact James Block Dentistry. We can provide you with the support, compassion, and patient-centered care you need to finally achieve relief.
How do I know if I have TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder can be caused by several sources, including overuse or strain of the jaw, a sudden injury, mistakes made during dental procedures, or even mental distress. Common symptoms include:
- Stiff jaw
- Sore sensations or pain in the jaw
- Problems with opening and shutting the mouth
- Difficulty eating
- Ear pain that is persistent
- Consistent headaches
- Popping or clicking noises made by the jaw
TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
TMJ treatment often starts with a basic diagnosis. Dr. Block will carefully inspect your jaw and take into account your unique issues before prescribing a targeted approach designed to relieve pain and get you back to smiling as soon as possible. This may include a customized oral appliance, physical therapy, medication, or other techniques.
Schedule Your Treatment
You shouldn't have to struggle with constant oral pain in your daily life. Instead, find the support you need at our Fremont dental office. Dr. Block and his team are dedicated to providing patients with a skilled and personalized approach to preventive dental care that produces quality results.