TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is where your lower jaw connects to your skull. Over time, you may develop problems in this joint, often caused by misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Typically, there is cartilage in this joint that buffers the bones and muscles that meet in this area, but issues with the cartilage can create quite a bit of pain as well as biting difficulties.
Dr. Mark A. Osenieks may recommend a TMJ treatment if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
At our dental office, we can treat this condition by replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, or filling gaps between teeth. It is important to understand there is no one solution that is right for all cases, and Dr. Mark A. Osenieks may use a variety of these treatments to alleviate the issue. Occasionally our dentist may recommend a plastic mouthpiece to prevent nighttime clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
To learn more about the different treatment options for TMJ in Grand Rapids, Michigan, call our office today and schedule a visit with our skilled dentist.