Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD, is an often misunderstood condition that can affect many aspects of your life. It can be responsible for an array of symptoms, many of which may not seem directly related with jaw misalignment.
TMJ symptoms can be distracting and quite painful. By choosing the right treatment for you, our dentists can alleviate this pain. We begin by identifying the source of your symptoms, whether related to your bite or a habit of teeth grinding. Then, we determine the most effective treatment.
If you experience unexplained jaw pain, neck pain, migraine-like headaches or other TMJ-related symptoms, please contact The Smile Centre today to schedule an initial consultation. If you live in the Sarasota area of Florida, contact our Palm Aire location online or at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. If you live in or around Venice, Florida, please contact us online or at 941-497-5451. Our three convenient locations serve the Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton areas of Florida.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition caused by jaw misalignment and produces a variety of painful symptoms. These symptoms are the result of pressure on the facial nerves, most often the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is responsible for transmitting sensation to the jaw, eyes and sinuses; it is also affects the chewing muscles. Pressure on this nerve can also cause lockjaw.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
TMJ is linked to many painful symptoms, not all of which are localized in the jaw. These symptoms can include:
- Generalized facial pain
- Eye pressure pain
- Sinus pressure pain
- Ear pain and/or tinnitus
- Chronic headaches
- Swelling or pain around the jaw joint
- Popping or clicking noises when moving the jaw
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact The Smile Centre today. We will determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a customized treatment plan to restore your jaw to optimal health.
One of the most common symptoms of TMJ is a headache. Jaw misalignment, and the resulting pressure on the trigeminal nerve, can cause painful, migraine-like headaches. If you have been unable to identify the underlying cause of your headaches, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.
What Causes TMD?
TMD can result from problems with the jaw joint, jaw muscles or facial nerves. Some issues that can trigger these problems include:
- Jaw misalignment from missing or worn teeth, or other dental issues
- Displacement of the cushioning disc between the ball and socket of the jaw joint
- Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding)
- Injury to the jaw
The most appropriate treatment for TMJ/TMD varies from patient to patient, depending on the details of their condition. Most TMJ treatments focus on restoring your jaw’s proper alignment. Common TMJ treatments include:
- Restorative dental procedures
- Mouth guards to reduce teeth grinding
- Bite-correcting orthotics
The Smile Centre utilizes sophisticated technology and years of training and experience to identify and effectively treat TMJ. During your TMJ consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your oral condition, identify any issues with your jaw or jaw muscles and design a customized treatment plan just for you.
If you live in the Sarasota, Venice or Bradenton areas of Florida and want to find out if TMJ treatment is right for you, please contact The Smile Centre today to schedule a consultation. If you live in the Sarasota area of Florida, contact our Palm Aire location online or at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. If you live in or around Venice, Florida, please contact us online or at 941-497-5451.