Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD) refer to conditions that affect the jaw joint and associated soft tissues. Misalignment of the teeth and jaw, bruxism, soft tissue issues and joint problems can all impact the jaw joint, resulting in TMJ/TMD symptoms. With general dentistry options from Hollon Dental, we offer TMJ & TMD treatment for pain relief at our clinic in Mobile, AL.
TMJ/TMD can be a frustrating condition. There is often pain in the jaw and face that can make talking, chewing and other mouth functions uncomfortable. The symptoms can vary from localized discomfort to radiating and referred pain to other areas. Some of the possible symptoms of TMJ include:
- Jaw or face pain
- Neck pain
- Popping or locking in the jaw
- Ear pain
- Pain when chewing
The causes of temporomandibular joint disorders vary which is why not all the same treatments are effective for everyone. One person may get relief from orthodontic treatment to realign their teeth and bite to take pressure off their jaw joint; other patients may have perfectly aligned teeth yet still experience TMJ symptoms. It is important to have an intricate exam by a dentist to determine the cause of pressure on the jaw joint to determine the best TMJ & TMD treatment.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
If you want relief from jaw and facial pain, as well as other symptoms of TMD, come see us at Hollon Dental. Dr. Hollon or Dr. Forehand can perform a comprehensive exam and recommend the best treatment for your TMJ condition. For some patients, this could include repairing dental issues that are putting pressure on the jaw joint. Replacing missing teeth can realign the teeth and jaw for relief. For others, a customized dental nightguard may offer relief. Wearing a nightguard can stop teeth grinding, or bruxism, that can aggravate the jaw joint and cause TMJ symptoms.
If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders, there are TMJ treatments that can offer relief. Contact our experienced dental team at Hollon Dental to schedule a TMJ/TMD exam and consultation. Call our office in Mobile, Alabama, to schedule your appointment.