The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. When this joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned, it causes a TMJ disorder, which can cause significant discomfort and impact the your oral function and the quality of your day-to-day life. Our dentist offers treatments to help you manage TMJ and improve your oral health. Call Hidden Springs Family Dentistry at 503-699-5900 to learn more about TMJ treatment in West Linn, Oregon, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Jim Durnin.
TMJ disorders may be caused by a number of factors, including stress, trauma, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) or arthritis. Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- The jaw becoming stuck open or shut
- Chronic headaches or ear pain
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Teeth grinding and clenching
If you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, we invite you to come into our office for a consultation. Our experienced dentist can evaluate your jaw to diagnose the problem, and may recommend a night guard, pain relief methods, jaw and facial relaxation exercises, or restorative dental treatments to help relieve your discomfort. If you have a more severe TMJ disorder, we may refer you to specialist for further treatment.
For more information about TMJ disorders and treatments and to schedule your consultation, call our office today!