Alleviate TMJ Disorder Symptoms
TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, allow your jaw to pivot, and are the most active joints in your entire body. They connect your lower jaw to the temporal bones in front of each ear, and are located close to the trigeminal nerve. Besides being the most dominant conduit of sensory information for your head, face, and neck, the trigeminal nerve also controls your jaw movement.
When they’re damaged or not functioning properly – a condition known as TMJ disorder – the joints and nerve in your jaw can lead to debilitating discomfort throughout your jaw, mouth, head, face, neck, and more.
What TMJ Treatment Means
TMJ disorder can develop from a number of different causes like excessive stress or a tendency to grind your teeth too much. Most contributing factors place an undue amount of stress on your jaw muscles and joints, which can lead to joint damage, inflammation, or displacement. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder can include (but are not limited to):
- Popping/clicking sensations when you open and close your mouth
- Occasional locked jaw (inability to open or close your mouth)
- Difficulty chewing your food
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding)
- Tinnitus (ringing and discomfort in one or both ears)
- And more
After a careful dental examination, Dr. Khan may be able to restore your bite balance and allow your TMJs to heal by designing a custom oral appliance. The appliance, or nightguard, will be designed to keep your jaw comfortable and properly aligned. It can be worn while you sleep so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily routine, and may be combined with other dental treatments, if necessary.