Treatment for TMJ Disorder
A collective term, TMJ disorder can describe any condition that inhibits the proper function of your jaw’s joints and muscles. In addition to TMJ’s , your bite’s movement also relies on the large cranial nerve near your jaw (known as the trigeminal nerve). TMJ disorder can place an undue amount of stress on this nerve, leading to chronic symptoms like headaches, jaw and facial muscle soreness, and difficulty biting and chewing your food. For many patients, TMJ treatment involves a custom-made oral appliance designed to help your lower jaw rest more comfortably when you sleep. The appliance helps relieve pressure on your jaw’s joints so they can heal and once again work properly. If your jaw dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by crooked teeth, then you might also require orthodontic treatment to straighten them.
If your jaw pops when you open and close it, or if you suffer from chronic jaw pain and other craniofacial discomfort, then speak with your dentist to determine if you have TMJ disorder. To schedule a visit, call our dental office in Del Mar, California, today at 858-755-0187.