What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is responsible for connecting the jaw to the skull, which is why serious problems can occur when it becomes misaligned. When this occurs, a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) happens, and our neuromuscular dentistry service in Beaumont, Texas can effectively address this situation.
What is the function of the temporomandibular jaw (TMJ)?
The Temporomandibular Joint serves as a hinge, connecting the jaw to the skull’s temporal bones, which are located in front of the ears. This part of the face allows the jaw to move up and down, side to side, facilitating vital day-to-day activities such as talking, chewing, and even yawning. Problems in performing activities that involve the jaw or the facial muscles that control it is known as TMD.
The exact causes of TMD have not been identified yet, but most dentists believe that the symptoms brought by the disorder may be due to problems with the jaw muscles or the joint itself. An injury to the head or neck muscles, to the joint, or to the jaw, can also lead to TMD. While a heavy blow to the area can cause this problem, TMD may also be caused by the grinding or clenching of one’s teeth, which applies more pressure to the joint. TMD may also be caused by the unusual movement of the disc or soft cushion that is found between the ball and socket of the TMJ. Other conditions, such as stress or arthritis of the joint, can also lead to the said disorder.
One of the major symptoms of TMJ is jaw pain and discomfort, which may occur temporarily or last for many years. Such condition is commonly found in women who are aged 20 to 40 years old. Other symptoms include a “lock” jaw, popping or clicking sounds upon opening or closing the mouth, difficulty in chewing, the feeling of a bad bite, and swelling on either side of the face.
Neuromuscular Dentistry & TMJ Treatment
A misaligned jaw can be properly corrected through the precise approach of neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentists develop effective treatment plans that are specifically designed to correct any abnormalities in one’s bite, correcting the jaws to achieve their optimal positions for the long haul. Dr. Smith will provide various TMJ treatment options to precisely correct TMD and other jaw joint problems.
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, call (409) 895-0089 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith at our office in Beaumont, TX.