TMJ Disorder Solutions in Beverly Hills, MI
If you’re experiencing pain or swelling in your jaw, neck pain, earaches, or clicking noises when you open and close your mouth, you could be suffering from TMJ disorder. This is a serious issue that demands medical attention.
Fortunately, our dentist in Beverly Hills, MI has the expertise to diagnose your condition and see that you get the treatment you deserve.
What is TMJ Disorder
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint. Everyone has two temporomandibular joints which are located just below the ear. The TMJ is one of the most complex and active joints in your body because it moves in several directions at once while you’re eating or speaking. That’s why your TMJ is subject to a great deal of stress and can lead to more severe conditions.
Causes & Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Many factors can lead to TMJ Disorder. Sometimes it’s triggered by an injury to the TMJ region. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Teeth grinding, bad posture, stress, arthritis, and excessive chewing of gum or ice can also contribute to this disorder.
Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth, and trouble with opening your mouth wide.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder include:
- Pain and swelling in the TMJ region
- Teeth grinding during the day or while sleeping
- Difficulty eating
- Clicking noises while you’re talking, eating, or yawning
- Neck pain
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Teeth that don’t fit together when you bite down
There are various treatment options that Dr. Winter can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Winter will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care combined with professional care.
Treating TMJ Disorders
Dentists have a unique understanding of the TMJ region which allows them to recognize the symptoms of TMJ Disorder. Dr. Winter has extensive experience diagnosing and treating this complicated issue. When you visit Dr. Winter, he’ll ask you about your symptoms and examine your head, neck, mouth, and TMJ. An additional diagnostic analysis might also be necessary.
Once the proper diagnosis has been made, Dr. Winter will determine the appropriate course of action. There are some ways to effectively treat TMJ Disorder, including medication, relaxation techniques, physical therapy, and surgery. Oral splints and night guards which are worn while sleeping can be very useful for patients whose TMJ Disorder is related to nighttime teeth grinding.
The process of making the night guard is relatively simple. First, we make impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Then at a subsequent visit, we will try the night guard on, make any adjustments that are necessary and advise you on how often to wear your night guard and how to clean it.
No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely, and treatment takes time to become effective. Dr. Winter can help you have a healthier, more comfortable jaw.
Your TMJ Dentist in Beverly Hills, MI
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms above, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 248-642-3800. A member of our delightful staff can answer any questions you have, and if you’re ready, they can schedule your consultation with Dr. Winter. He’ll make sure you get the correct treatment.