Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition, often signified by pain and discomfort in the jaw. Leaving it untreated can lead to more significant concerns that could require surgery. If you notice any odd symptoms, we encourage you to visit our dentist and team to rule out TMJ disorder.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder (TMD) describes the dysfunction and painful conditions that affect the TMJ, or jaw joints. It generally occurs from an injury to the jaw, but some symptoms may occur from problems with parts of the jaw or its muscles.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Clicking or popping when opening the mouth
- Ear pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain when opening and closing the mouth
Treatment Options for TMD
For most cases of TMD, prescribed pain relievers and rehabilitation can help individuals manage the symptoms. Some of the therapies offered for short-term relief include hot and cold compresses or jaw strengthening exercises. Wearing a custom night guard can be helpful in providing a solution for TMD symptoms.
When Is Surgery Needed?
If you have a more severe case of TMD, it may require surgery to correct. This becomes an option when other treatments have been unsuccessful.
Are You Looking for Relief from Your TMJ Disorder?
Brighten Dental is proud to offer treatments to help you get the relief you need from TMD symptoms. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment for TMJ treatment in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with Dr. Chrislyn Fite, please contact us at 270-770-0250. We look forward to helping you!