The temporomandubular joint is extremely important. It connects your jawbone to your skull, and it allows you to open and close your mouth. That means it is responsible for chewing, swallowing, speaking and even yawning! It is one of the most complex joints in the entire human body, but it is easy to take it for granted. If you develop a disorder of this joint, you will have difficulties performing all of these actions, as well as experiencing pain and discomfort.
We can help you identify TMJ Disorder if it is something that you believe you suffer from. Our dentists can determine if you have TMJ Disorder through examination or x-ray. We can then advise you on treatment of this issue. Be sure to avoid sticky foods or anything that is difficult to chew. Relax your jawbone as much as possible if you have TMJ Disorder. Avoid excessive movement and allow the joint to relax. Sometimes, this issue will resolve itself over time through rest. If the issue persists, however, you should seek professional attention. Our dentists can advise on appropriate medications, and they can educate you on methods for relaxing the jaw. A clear, plastic mouth guard may also help to relieve the symptoms of TMJ Disorder.
If you believe that you are suffering from TMJ Disorder, or you would simply like to learn more about this remarkable joint, please call our office to book a consultation.