If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it may be temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It’s important to get a proper diagnosis of TMJ from your dentist because it shares many symptoms and signs with other conditions. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, the dentists at Crown Dental Care can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge in your jaw that’s responsible for the forward, backward and side-to-side movement of your lower jaw. When anything prevents that hinge from doing its job properly, in whatever direction, it can result in TMJ. The most common signs and symptoms are:
Since there are many variables to TMJ, there is no cure that can heal all cases. Our dentists may recommend a treatment that comes in the form of an oral appliance called a bite guard or bite plate. Bite guards are stabilization splints that are worn over the upper or lower teeth. They prevent improper contact between the upper and lower teeth, so the wearer can only fully bite if they bite properly.
If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of TMJ, contact our friendly staff to schedule an appointment and get a proper diagnosis. You can reach us at (301)363-4300.