The temporomandibular joint is a hinge-like bone that joins your lower jaw to your skull. When this joint is not functioning properly, it is referred to as TMJ or TMD.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Clicking sound in the joint
- Locking jaw
TMJ is sometimes linked to bruxism, which is the habit of grinding and clenching the teeth during sleep. When your TMJ is related to bruxism, you may notice worn teeth, loose teeth, chips, head and neck pain, tight jaw muscles, and an increase in cavities.
Your dentist in De Pere, WI treats TMJ in various ways based on your level of pain and specific exam findings.
For example, we offer an oral appliance that allows your jaw to relax and heal, eliminating pain and restoring proper function. If your TMJ is related to bruxism, your dentist may also talk to you about a specific type of splint or BOTOX therapy as well.
The goal is always to give you the best oral care and a pain-free smile.
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If you would like to arrange a consultation or have any questions about TMJ or offered treatments, a friendly team member would love to chat with you today.