Get TMJ Treatment, New Mexico, at Farmington NM And Rio Rancho
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are the lower joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. Frequent, or overuse of these joints can result in a TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.
TMJ issues can be very hard to live with, and can make daily life difficult. The frequent headaches caused by a TMD can make it harder for patients to focus or find enjoyment in day-to-day activities. Fortunately, TMJ/TMDs are completely treatable, and can heal over time. With TMJ treatment, NM from the Sundance team you trust, you’ll be able to feel comfortable again, and experience greater jaw and smile health.
Signs And Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD
The exact cause of a temporomandibular joint disorder is difficult to determine because there are various factors at play. From genetics to jaw injury or bruxism, many events can lead of TMJ/TMD. However, certain physical signs can help determine if you need a TMJ treatment, New Mexico.
A temporomandibular disorder is characterized by a wide range of symptoms that include:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw aches
- Jaw pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
Apart from knowing these TMJ/TMD signs, understanding risk factors that increase the probability of developing the disorder can play a key role in preventing it. Certain aspects that increase the risk of developing TMJ/TMD include:
- Poor neck posture and slouching
- Clenching of jaw due to stress
- Prevalence of arthritis
- Injury in jaw
- Connective tissue diseases that may affect the joint causing TMJ/TMD
If you are experiencing headaches, soreness when you open or close your jaw, or any of the symptoms, you might want to come to our office for a TMJ/TMD evaluation.
Alleviate Your TMD Symptoms With Treatment From Your Sundance Dental Team
Temporomandibular joint disorders are often caused by bruxism, or tooth grinding, but may also have other causes. When you come into our office for a TMJ/TMD evaluation, we will determine the cause of your TMD, and use that information to prescribe the best possible TMJ treatment. Each patient is different and has unique needs. At Sundance Dental and Orthodontics, we will tailor a treatment plan that will accommodate you. Treatment may include adjusting the bite, reconstruction, or other restorative measures. If the source of your TMJ disorder is bruxism, we may offer you a special mouthpiece that will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, and help alleviate your symptoms.
If you have been experiencing jaw pain, and would like to schedule an evaluation, call us at our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have, or to arrange a consultation if you are in the Farmington NM, Rio Rancho NM, Bloomfield NM, or Gallup NM area!