Do you often wake up with pain in your head, neck, jaw, or shoulders? These are symptoms that are typically associated with a sore or fatigued temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. When this joint is not functioning properly, we refer to it as a TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Whatever it’s called, all you know is that chronic pain disrupts your daily routine, and you need relief so you can get on with your life.
What Causes TMJ Disorders
Your TMJ is a complex joint that attaches your lower jaw (mandible) to your upper jaw and allows you to open and close your mouth and move it side to side. You can get a sense of how it moves if you place your fingers in front of your ears and move your mouth.
If the joint is damaged due to injury or the excessive stress of teeth grinding, it can lead to the painful symptoms of TMD.
How TMJ Problems Are Treated
The goal of treatment is eliminating painful symptoms and improving the mobility and function of your jaw. Since stress on the joint is one of the causes of pain, your dentist may start by recommending medication therapy or relaxation methods like meditation.
But your TMJ pain may be the result of teeth grinding during sleep, and the first indication you may have is pain in your jaw when you wake up. In this case, your dentist can create a customized night guard or occlusal splint that eliminates destructive grinding by preventing your teeth from coming into contact with each other.
TMJ Treatment in Columbia, IL
If you’re tired of having your life revolve around chronic TMJ symptoms, please call Workman Family Dental. Dr. Steven Workman is trained to identify the source of your pain and create a customized device that will give your jaw a chance to rest and eliminate your pain.
Please call us today so we can work with you to find the solution that’s most appropriate for you.