Am I a Candidate for TMJ Treatment?
Do you ever suffer from jaw pain when eating, or do you often hear a clicking or popping noise as you open and close your mouth? You may be suffering from TMJ. This disorder, also called TMD, is caused by a malfunction of the joint that moves your jaw. If you think you may be a candidate for TMJ treatment, do not wait to contact your dentist in Platte City.
Who Is a Candidate for TMJ Treatment?
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you should consider yourself a candidate for TMJ treatment:
- Pain in your jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears
- Chronic headaches
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Pain when you chew
- Short cases in which your jaw locks in place
- Popping or clicking when you use your jaw
- Dizziness associated with any of these symptoms
In order to know for sure if you are a candidate for TMJ treatment, your dentist in Colorado Springs will examine your mouth and jaw, which may include x-rays and other pictures, to diagnose your condition accurately.
Why Does TMJ Treatment Matter?
Primarily, TMJ treatment is important because you do not have to live with the pain of this disorder. However, TMD can also cause undue wear on your teeth, which can lead to damage and make your teeth more susceptible to decay.
What TMJ Treatments Are Available?
In many cases, medication to manage the symptoms and an oral appliance to realign the jaw and relieve the pressure of teeth grinding at night are great treatments for TMJ. In other cases, we may recommend surgically realigning the jaw joint.
Learn More from Your Dentist in Platte City
If you have other questions about TMJ treatment, or if you are a good candidate for TMJ treatment, contact our Platte City Dental office at 816-858-2027 or online.