Clicking or popping in the jaw joint when you open your mouth, chronic headaches or migraines, unexplained congestion in the ears…these are just some of the problems that accompany TMJ dysfunction. This common condition that affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or jaw joints, can disrupt your ability to live your life and cause undue pain and suffering. However, Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, RI offers solutions in the form of TMJ therapy.
TMJ dysfunction is common, but it often goes overlooked because people don’t know all of the symptoms. Do you experience:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw when you open or close your mouth?
- Limited jaw movement?
- Ear congestion or clogging for no explainable reason?
- Jaw pain?
- Neck or shoulder pain?
- Chronic migraines with no other discernible cause?
Many patients come to us unaware that their ear congestion or chronic migraines can be helped with TMJ therapy. TMJ dysfunction, or TMD, involves misalignments of the tiny jaw joints that allow your lower jaw to move. When these joints are off, even by just a little, it can lead to the symptoms listed above. This disharmony can be caused by an off bite relationship, changes in bite, tooth loss, trauma, or strain caused by teeth clenching or grinding. If you experience the symptoms listed above and haven’t been able to find a solution, we invite you to visit Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, RI and have your TMJ assessed for dysfunction.
TMJ dysfunction falls into one of three categories. The first is myofascial pain, and this is the most common form. Myofascial pain involves pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles. Another category is internal derangement of the joint, which means that a disc has been dislocated or displaced or that a condyle has been injured. The third category is degenerative joint disease, including problems like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect the jaw joint. We can help you explore your joint problems and figure out which of these is affecting you. Our TMJ therapy mostly centers on solutions to the first type of TMJ dysfunction, and we can provide you with referrals to specialists who treat issues like arthritis if necessary.
Addressing your TMJ dysfunction through TMJ therapy can include a comprehensive approach that addresses any and all issues causing your TMJ misalignment. If you’re missing teeth, we’ll want to replace them. If you clench or grind your teeth, we’ll want to outfit you with a custom nightguard. We can provide orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear braces. The first step is to discover what problems are specifically throwing off your jaw joints, and then we can provide a complete treatment plan for how to attack the problem.
If you’ve been experiencing problems like those listed above and have wondered what could be the cause and solution, contact Picard Dental Associates in Woonsocket, RI to discuss TMJ dysfunction and TMJ therapy with us.