Some of the things about TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can often make it difficult to pinpoint. For example, you might have chronic headaches, but few people would automatically associate that with their dental health. At our Auburn Hills dental office, we often help patients identify the likelihood of TMJ disorder and help them find relief through highly customized treatment, such as an oral appliance to help improve the alignment and function of your jaw joints.
What it often feels like
The details of TMJ disorder can be different for everyone. For example, it might describe inflammation in one or both joints, or a discrepancy in their alignment. One or both joints might have developed arthritis or become damaged due to excessive strain. Because each case is different, symptoms can vary widely, and may include:
- Painful, difficult biting and chewing
- Headaches and migraines
- Earaches and ringing (tinnitus)
- Chronic teeth-grinding (bruxism)
- Sore muscles in the head, neck, face, and/or shoulders
- And more
Its effect on daily activities
For most instances of TMJ disorder, the inability to function properly also means that you may have difficulty biting and chewing properly. If your jaw joints aren’t aligned properly, then they can’t move at the same time, which can place them both under extreme tension and stress. Over time, biting and chewing can become more difficult and painful as the disorder grows more severe.
What it could mean for your oral health
Many of the symptoms of TMJ disorder have a direct impact on your oral health, such as chronic teeth-grinding and uneven bite pressure. When left untreated, TMJ disorder and bruxism can lead to severely worn down or damaged teeth, and in some cases, the need for tooth replacement.
What to do if you have TMJ disorder
If you think you might have TMJ disorder, or if you’ve already been diagnosed with it, then find out if we can help you alleviate it with a custom-designed oral appliance. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.