If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw that makes it difficult to chew, speak, and sleep at night, you may benefit from TMJ treatment – and we can help. Our team at Amesbury, MA, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ caused by arthritis, injuries, and grinding or clenching your teeth. You can always count on us to provide the care you need to get out of pain and live comfortably once again.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, acts as the hinge for your jaw, sliding open and closed as you chew, speak, and otherwise move your mouth. If the bones, cartilage, or other structures start to deteriorate or move out of their proper alignment, you may feel pain and discomfort.
TMJ can occur due to degeneration from arthritis, injuries to the jaw, and ongoing grinding and clenching of your teeth at night. Fortunately, you can get treatment to resolve the pain and discomfort while restoring the full function of the jaw. Treating the problem usually involves finding and resolving the underlying cause, like wearing a custom mouthguard at night for teeth grinding.
Signs You Need TMJ Treatment
TMJ often starts with minor pain and discomfort that slowly worsens over time. The pain can start on one side or both, often spreading to the face, ears, and neck.
Other signs you may need TMJ treatment include:
- Jaw tenderness
- Difficulties opening and closing your mouth
- Problems chewing your food
- Grating sensation while moving your jaw
- Clicking noise from your jaw
Since TMJ pain often gets worse over time, it’s important to seek dental care at the first sign of a problem. Your dentist will perform an exam and imaging tests to track down the cause. With that info, they can determine the best course of treatment and get started in eliminating your pain from TMJ.
Ready to Get TMJ Treatment? Call to Schedule Your Visit
If you’d like to learn more about TMJ treatment, call 978-712-4089 to speak to our team at Amesbury Family Dental. We are happy to help you find an ideal time to come by for an exam and consultation with your dentist. Our team always looks forward to helping you enjoy excellent dental health, so please feel free to call anytime.