The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn or chew
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain in the neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our prosthodontists, Dr. Goggins, Dr. Aguirre and Dr. Pitz, can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and schedule your consultation with our prosthodontists, we encourage you to contact us today.
Left untreated, TMJ can cause you discomfort. Our prosthodontists and team offer TMJ treatments in Broomfield, Colorado, at Denver Restorative Dentistry. If you have TMJ, Dr. Taylor Goggins, Dr. Brian Aguirre or Dr. Anna Pitz may recommend various treatments to help you get relief. If you would like to know more about our specific treatment options, call our office at 303-586-1019.