Dysfunctional Temporomandibular Joints (TMJs)
Temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the official name for the two large joints that your lower jaw (mandible) hinges on. As such, they’re a cornerstone of your bite’s function and the rest of your oral health. When one or more of these joints are not functioning properly, your ability to bite and chew properly can be severely affected. You can also experience a variety of other symptoms, including jaw pain, clicking and popping joints, chronic headaches, teeth-grinding, and much more. If left untreated, these symptoms will grow increasingly worse, and treating it could become increasingly more complicated.
Treating Various TMJ Disorders
There are various specific types of TMJ disorders, such as damaged jaw joints, arthritis, joint degradation, TMJ misalignment, and more. However, each form of it describes a dysfunction that inhibits your TMJs’ ability to move smoothly and in tandem as you bite and chew. The dysfunctional joints can aggravate your cranial nerves, leading to the many different symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. To help you find relief and restore your proper bite function, we’ll perform a comprehensive examination to determine the exact nature and severity of your disorder. Then, we can design an appropriate treatment, such as a custom-designed oral appliance, to help your jaw joints heal and recover.
Learn More About Customized TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can be the cause of numerous different kinds of discomfort, but with customized treatment, you can successfully relieve them. For more information, or to find out if you need treatment for TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.