Your mouth is made up of multiple working parts that work together to perform a wide array of different essential tasks every day. One of these components is the temporomandibular joints or TMJ. These joints, in conjunction with the attached muscles, ligaments, and bones, work together, enabling you to bite, chew, speak, and more. When the joints are healthy, you are most likely completely unaware that they are there. However, when the joints have been affected by any one of some different issues, you may be faced with significant pain and difficulties in using your mouth. Edge Dental can help.
What are the TMJ?
You have two TMJ. These joints are located on both sides of your face, right where the lower jaw connects to the skull. They are ball and socket joints with a small disc in the center. The discs function to absorb the impact that your mouth exerts on your jaw and TMJ. The joints work together with muscles, ligaments, and bones, enabling you to bite, chew, speak, and more.
TMJ disorder is a term that refers to some different issues that impact the health of your jaw and TMJ. These issues can cause significant pain and interfere with your quality of life. Things like eating and speaking become difficult, even excruciating.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
There are several different issues that can impact your TMJ. These issues include
How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Disorder?
Pain in your jaw and your TMJ are often the most common indicators of TMJ disorder. However, it is not the only one. There are several other symptoms that may occur as well. These symptoms include
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, it is important to schedule an appointment right away. With a thorough oral exam, we can determine the cause of your condition and determine the most effective treatment plan for you. Treatments vary based on the severity of your condition as well as what the exact cause of your TMJ disorder is. Treatments include
Treating TMJ disorder restores your oral health, allowing your mouth to function normally, while also restoring your quality of life. Call Edge Dental at (281) 940-6960 for more information and to schedule your consultation today.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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