What is TMJ?

The TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint where the jaw and skull intersect. Numerous painful problems can occur because of the dysfunction of this joint. It is estimated by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ problems to some degree.

What Causes TMJ Dysfunction?

Physical stress, trauma, misaligned bite and emotional trauma can all cause TMJ dysfunction. This usually leads to clenching or grinding of the teeth. The accumulated pressure and pain can over time cause other problems to develop.

What Might Indicate TMJ Problems?

TMJ problems can be found by some of these symptoms:

  • Headaches, especially chronic migraine headaches
  • Chronic earaches
  • Inability to completely open or close the mouth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw that pops or clicks when opening it
  • Unexplained pain in face, neck, shoulder, jaw or lower back
  • Tingling in the fingers

If you feel you have TMJ, Trail Ridge Dental and Dr. Visger can give you a detail examination. They will evaluate your teeth, jaw and bite in order to find the source of the TMJ problem. Most are able to get relief by using an oral appliance. Using the thin and comfortable mouth guard, we can reposition your jaw, easing the joint stress. Proper alignment will also be encouraged. This proper alignment will reduce the headaches and other TMJ symptoms you may be experiencing. Some other treatments are available for TMJ in certain scenarios. These include stress management advice and lifestyle adjustments. Give Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont and Johnstown, CO a call to discuss your options if you believe you are suffering from TMJ.