The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as the TMJ, plays a crucial role in your daily life, allowing you to perform essential functions like speaking, chewing and yawning. However, when this joint faces stress, injury or misalignment, it can lead to a condition known as TMJ disorder or TMD.
TMJ disorder can be triggered by various factors, including:
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Arthritis in the TMJ
- Head, neck or jaw trauma
Some common signs of TMD include:
- Jaw and facial pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when moving your jaw
- An inability to fully open your mouth
- A locked jaw
- Pain while chewing
- Discomfort in your neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent tension headaches or migraines
If you suspect you have TMD, seeking professional help is essential to regaining your oral function and quality of life. Our experienced dentists can diagnose the root cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend suitable treatment options. The choice of treatment depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your condition. Potential treatments may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, physical therapy, lifestyle adjustments, restorative dental procedures, the use of a mouthguard or nightguard or in more severe cases, jaw surgery.
Contact us today by calling or texting Schneider Family Dentistry at 240-654-3555 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adam Schneider, Dr. Katie Staub or Dr. Ekpa Eyoma and take the first step toward effective TMJ treatment in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We are here to provide you with the relief and guidance you need to regain control of your jaw’s health and function.