Your mouth consists of several components that work together to enable your mouth to perform some different functions. One of these components is your temporomandibular joints. You have two of these joints, one on each side of your face. These joints are the point at which your lower jaw, or mandible, connects to your skull. They are ball and socket joints, which enable you to open and close your mouth among other things. With your TMJ, you can bite, chew, speak, and more. If these joints become irritated, it can cause a significant amount of pain that can interfere in your life. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can diagnose the cause of your TMJ issues and provide you with the treatment you need.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
When your TMJ becomes irritated and inflamed, causing you pain in the joints and your jaw, as well as making it difficult to perform different tasks, this is known as TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a broad term that refers to any number of conditions that cause these issues. When you have TMJ disorder, biting, chewing, speaking, and more all become painful and difficult. It can be incredibly painful to even simply open your mouth.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder has many different causes. These include:
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Jaw and joint pain are major indicators that there is an issue. After all, pain is how your body lets you know that something is not quite right. While the most common symptom, it is not the only one. Additionally, the symptoms are not always noticeable right away. Many start small and grow worse over time, meaning that TMJ disorder can go untreated for quite some time until you finally notice something is wrong. Other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
How Is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed?
Diagnosing TMJ disorder requires a thorough oral exam. This allows us to determine the cause of your TMJ issues and their severity. We begin by looking over your mouth, checking your jaw and teeth for alignment while also checking your teeth for wear patterns. We also take x-rays of your mouth, which allow us to see below your gumline to determine if there are hidden issues present as well. Once we have determined the cause of your TMJ, we can then recommend the appropriate treatment.
What Treatments Are Available?
Treatments for TMJ disorder vary based on the cause of your TMJ woes as well as the severity. Treatments include:
With proper treatment, your TMJ can get the relief they need, which can greatly help to improve your oral health and your quality of life. If your TMJ are causing you pain, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 to schedule your consultation today.