Do you suffer from chronic jaw pain? Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? You may have a TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull, and pain can arise in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw. Other often painful symptoms can damage teeth and make it difficult to use the jaw and teeth properly.
Causes of TMJ
Common causes of TMJ disorders can include:
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Trauma to the jaw
- Crooked teeth
Patients with these conditions are more prone to developing TMJ disorders because they put the jaw under pressure. This pressure can be painful and may result in more problems for patients.
Symptoms of TMJ
Common signs of TMJ to look out for include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
When TMJ symptoms are mild, at-home options may help alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
- Using a heat pack
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
However, if your TMJ pain is severe and frequent, you can call Marr Family Dentistry at (970) 514-7010. Our professional team will make sure that you can get effective treatment, whether you receive it in our office or from a recommended specialist.
Oral appliances act like mouth guards, covering and protecting teeth to prevent further wear and tear. This treatment can be worn overnight or during anxiety-inducing situations. Oral appliances take pressure off of the jaw and prevent teeth from clenching and grinding.
Cosmetic and Restorative Treatments
If teeth have become worn down or damaged due to a TMJ disorder, our team will help coordinate restorative and cosmetic treatment. They offer dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and more to restore the form and function of the patient’s teeth and gums.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Call Marr Family Dentistry at (970) 514-7010. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.