When Should I See a Dentist for TMJ Dysfunction?

Model of a jaw showing the temporomandibular joint.

Have you noticed that your jaw clicks when you open and close your mouth? Or do you ever experience lockjaw? You may be suffering from TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Keep reading to learn more about TMD and when you should see a dentist for it.

What Is TMD?

TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the hinge joints that attach the lower jaw to the skull. They give the lower jaw the mobility to move up and down and side to side. TMD occurs when the joints are inflamed or damaged.

Common Signs of TMD

Wondering if you have TMD? There are some common signs to watch for.

  • Change in Bite
  • Chronic Facial Pain
  • Clicking & Popping Jaw
  • Earaches
  • Frequent Migraines
  • Limited Jaw Mobility
  • Lockjaw
  • Tooth Sensitivity

Do I Need Treatment for TMD?

If TMD is left untreated, it can cause permanent, long-lasting damage to the jawbone, teeth, and temporomandibular joints. If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend seeking a professional opinion from your primary care physician or your dentist. The sooner TMD is diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment to get the relief you desire.

Dental Treatment for TMD

Dentists can receive additional training to treat joint dysfunctions, such as TMD. Your Summit Family Dentistry team will assess your temporomandibular joints to see which treatment type is best for your unique needs. For some, orthodontic treatment (realigning the teeth and jawbone) can help alleviate the pressure and stress on the joints. For others, a custom, retainer-like appliance is created to help reposition the jawbone and reduce TMD symptoms and discomfort.

Schedule Your TMJ Consultation Today

Are you dealing with TMJ discomfort? At Summit Family Dentistry in Littleton, CO, we have experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint disorder. Please contact our office to schedule your TMJ consultation!

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