Your mouth has several responsibilities. To perform these responsibilities, your mouth relies on numerous moving parts. One of these important components is where the mandible meets the skull. Called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, this part of your mouth is responsible for the movements of your jaw. It allows you to open and close your mouth, eat, speak, and move your jaw from side to side. Any irritation to the joint can quickly lead to inflammation and serious pain. At Bisson Dentistry we can diagnose TMJ disorder and provide you with the treatment you need to restore your quality of life.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, is a broad term that covers a variety of different issues that affect the condition of your temporomandibular joint as well as your jaw. These issues often irritate the joint, which then leads to inflammation and severe pain, making even minor movements excruciating. As a result, your oral, and even your overall, health can suffer. Because there are numerous issues that can lead to TMJ disorder, there are a variety of different symptoms.
What causes TMJ disorder?
There is no one specific cause of TMJ disorder. There are several issues that can lead to the irritation of the joint, which can make pinpointing the exact cause difficult. Causes of TMJ disorder include:
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
Before providing TMJ treatment, we first need to diagnose the exact cause of your discomfort. This will allow us to provide you with the most effective treatment possible. Diagnosing TMJ disorder involves a thorough oral exam. We check the condition of your teeth and their alignment, as well as the alignment of your jaw. We also take digital images of your mouth, which will provide us with an in-depth look at the hidden structures of your mouth. With a complete picture of your entire mouth, we are better able to pinpoint the cause of TMJ disorder and formulate your treatment plan.
What TMJ treatments are available?
There are numerous treatments for TMJ disorder. The treatment options we provide for you will depend heavily upon the cause of your pain.
Treating your TMJ disorder can relieve your joint pain and give you your life back. Call Bisson Dentistry for more information and to schedule your consultation today at (226) 706-8851.