Pain in Your Jaw? Read This:
Your jaw, also known as your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, has to be one of the hardest working parts of your body. Every time you open your mouth to speak, eat, yawn, or laugh, you should thank your jaw joint. Most people don’t think much about their humble jaw joints until, you guessed it, something goes wrong. If something seems to have gone wrong with yours, you may need to seek TMD treatment in Maryville, TN. Dr. Kim Norman can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The jaw joint combines a hinging joint and a sliding joint into one to make it mobile enough to carry out all we require from it. A feature of the joint is the articular disc, which provides cushioning for the movement of the bones. TMJ Disorder, also known as TMD, is a painful condition due to dysfunction of the jaw joint. Some symptoms of TMD are:
- facial swelling in the jaw area/in front of the ear
- pain, clicking or popping when opening and closing the mouth
- difficulty chewing and biting
- earache or pain in the area around the ear
- fatigue in the facial muscles/jaw muscles
The causes are not always clear, though some cases of tmd can be attributed to:
- erosion or movement of the cartilage disk within the joint
- damage to the cartilage by arthritis
- trauma due to a blow or other impact
TMD problems won’t just go away on their own. The cause has to be addressed and the symptoms treated. One of the major causes of TMD is nighttime bruxism, also called teeth grinding. You may have other signs of bruxism, such as teeth that have been worn down and possibly even cracked by the nightly action of teeth grinding. A bed partner may also notice the sound. You may also have sore jaw muscles. Worn tooth enamel and heightened sensitivity are other signs of bruxism.
TMD treatment in Maryville, TN
Dr. Kim Norman offers TMD Treatment in Maryville, TN, in the form of splint or mouthguard therapy. We can evaluate your TMD and determine if you can benefit from this treatment. In addition, Dr. Norman can also restore any teeth that have been damaged by this condition. Why wait? Call today to learn more about tmd. Let us help relieve the pain and damage caused by tmd with bruxism nightguards. Schedule and appointment online.