Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry
Dentists located in Pleasanton, CA
More than 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorders, a joint condition that impairs fluid jaw function. In Pleasanton, California, Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry is dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with TMJ disorders and restoring a good overall quality of life. If you have pain when you open and close your mouth or hear clicking or popping noises, you may have a TMJ disorder. Call Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry or book an appointment online today and learn more about treatment options.
TMJ Q & A
What is a TMJ disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have a TMJ on either side of your jaw, and its proper function allows for fluid opening and closing of your mouth, making it possible for you to chew and speak.
TMJ disorders refer to problems with this joint that cause you pain and discomfort. In some cases, TMJ disorders clear up on their own naturally with at-home remedies. However, if a TMJ disorder persists, you may need the help of professionals at Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry.
What are the signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder?
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with TMJ disorders to look out for:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Aching pain around your ears
- The pain felt while chewing or swallowing
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Clicking or popping noises while opening and closing your mouth
TMJ disorders can also cause excessive snoring. If you notice any of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder and they don’t subside on their own after a few days, it’s probably a good idea to see your dentist.
What causes a TMJ disorder?
The cause of a TMJ disorder isn’t always known. However, one common cause that dentists often see is bruxism, or teeth clenching. Bruxism often occurs at night while you sleep. Chronic teeth clenching at night can lead to the progressive wearing of the joint. Over time, this can hamper the proper function of your TMJ and cause painful symptoms.
How is a TMJ disorder treated?
First, your dentist at Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry evaluates you, discusses with you your symptoms, and assesses your medical history. Then, they try to narrow down the potential cause of your TMJ disorder and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
In some cases, lifestyle modifications to treat an underlying condition, such as arthritis or a jaw injury can help. But if bruxism is causing your TMJ disorder, your dentist will likely recommend a night guard to alter your jaw positioning during sleep. These nighttime oral appliances are custom-made for you based on impressions of your mouth and are highly effective when it comes to restoring TMJ function. They can also reduce snoring TMJ causes because your jaw will be in proper alignment.
To learn more about treatment for TMJ disorders, call Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry or book a consultation online today.
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