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TMJ

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TMJ Disorder: a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint causing pain changes in range of motion. Read on below to learn more about this disorder from our dental team.

If you struggle with TMJ pain or experience clicking or popping around your jaw, contact the team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry. We have highly trained specialists on our team who are prepared to help identify the source of your discomfort and provide a customized treatment plan for quick relief. Call us at 888-LANE-DDS or contact us online today for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ

  1. What does TMJ stand for? 
  2. What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?
  3. What causes TMJ disorder?
  4. How can I treat TMJ pain?

What Does TMJ Stand For?

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint which connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is what allows you to move your jaw up and down, side to side, and front to back. It connects right in front of your ear, which means patients experiencing TMJ Disorders can hear or feel a popping sensation in that area.

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What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

If you think you may have TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, you may be experiencing pain in your jaw joints, discomfort when chewing, earaches, neck or facial pain stemming from the TMJ joint, or locking of the joint which can make it difficult to open or close your mouth. If you hear popping when you open your mouth but don’t have any pain, you may not have a TMJ disorder. Always mention any changes or concerns to your dentist.

 

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

There are several factors that contribute to TMJ disorders. Patients with arthritis or who have a history of grinding or clenching of the teeth are at a higher risk for TMJ problems, as well as anyone who has experienced a jaw injury. The exact cause of TMJ disorders is not always immediately apparent, and only a certified and highly trained TMJ specialist will be able to accurately diagnose the problem.

 

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How Can I Treat TMJ Pain?

Start by contacting your dentist. He or she will be able to give you some tips for resting your jaw, and they may want to see you for an in-person evaluation. At home, you can give your joint a break by eating only soft foods, avoiding chewing gum or sticky foods, and taking an anti-inflammatory.

When visiting your dentist, you will have a physical exam and be asked a series of questions so that your dental team can accurately identify the source of your discomfort. You may also have an x-ray, ultrasound, or blood test as well.

TMJ Treatment Options

If you’re experiencing TMJ pain, contact our raleigh dentist office on Falls of Neuse road for more information. Here patients receive specialized care for TMJ disorders and enjoy the same quality of care you’ll find at all of our other locations.

The team at Lane & Associates has been working with patients throughout North Carolina since 1980, and we’re proud to offer you the most comprehensive solutions and treatment for all of your oral health needs. For more information about TMJ treatment or to schedule an appointment, call us at 919-676-5555 today.