Alleviating TMJ Disorder
The function of your bite is as important to your smile as the health and appearance of your teeth. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), which play a significant role in your bite’s movement, are often the source when patients have difficulty with their bite function. Known as TMJ disorder, jaw dysfunction can also cause a host of various chronic discomforts, such as jaw pain, facial muscle soreness, recurring headaches, and much more. Fortunately, at our North Hollywood, CA, dentist’s office, we offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options to accurately pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and prescribe a customized solution to correct your TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of TMJ Trouble
TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of potential factors, such as cartilage recession, misaligned joints, bite imbalances, arthritis in one or both joints, and more. Regardless of its cause, TMJ disorder affects your jaw joints in a way that also aggravates the dominant trigeminal nerve that controls your jaw’s movement. This aggravation can lead to a host of symptoms, including:
- Pain and difficulty moving your jaw
- Popping and clicking sensation in your TMJs
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Ringing and aching in your ears (tinnitus)
- Sore muscles in your jaw, face, neck, and shoulders
- And more
How to Treat TMJ Disorder
While the causes of TMJ disorder can differ, treating it typically involves correcting whatever issue is causing your condition and helping your jaw heal so it can function properly again. That can often be as simple as wearing a custom-designed oral appliance that supports your jaw more comfortably while you sleep, or it may include other treatment options, such as:
Enjoy More Comfortable Bite Movement
TMJ disorder can have symptoms that don’t seem obviously connected to your dental health, and those symptoms won’t go away until you seek customized TMJ treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your North Hollywood, CA, dentist by calling Modern Smiles today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.