TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Disorders (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) affect the area on either side of your head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Normally, when these areas are balanced and the joints functioning correctly, the TMJ allows us to talk and chew without pain. However, when this critical area becomes stressed or imbalanced, the Temporomandibular Joint can become damaged. Fortunately, the experts at Hover Dental Group in Longmont have a variety of treatments available to correct these types of problems.

There are a number of factors that can stress and damage the TMJ. For example: Bruxism, or teeth grinding as it is more commonly known, not only stresses the joint but can also cause wear on the teeth which in turn can lead to one’s bite becoming imbalanced. This can also happen in patients over the age of 40 who may suffer a change in bite height through years of wear and tear. Trauma to the jaw, misalignment of tooth and jaw surfaces due to defective crowns, problems with braces or other dental work, arthritis, and even simple genetics can also contribute to or cause various types of TMJ disorder.

Common Symptoms of TMJ May Include:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing your mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in your face
  • Earaches
  • Jaw pain or tenderness in your jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close your mouth
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Hearing loss

Treatment TMJ Disorder at Hover Dental Group in Longmont

Treatment of TMJ disorders varies from patient to patient and depends upon the particulars of your case. Mouth guards and bio-feedback devices might be good solutions if the cause of your TMJ disorder is bruxism, as these methods have been shown to be effective in reducing wear on the teeth causing an off bite, and can help train you to relax your jaw mussels while you sleep. In more serious cases, reconstructive dentistry, mandibular repositioning splints, or orthodontic techniques may be used. In extreme cases, surgical repositioning of the jaw or even replacement of the jaw joint itself may be required.

Each case is unique, and it is always advised that you get the opinion of your dentist before making any decisions. To schedule your initial consultation please contact Hover Dental Group at (303) 684-9777 today.