Temporomandibular joint dysfunction—commonly called TMJ or TMD—is a condition that means there is an issue with the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This joint helps you speak and chew. When something is not right, the condition can interfere with these life functions and cause you pain.
Your dentist in Pascoe Vale treats TMJ and can diagnose the condition during a routine dental exam that includes x-rays. Apart from x-rays, there are telltale signs of TMJ, which may include one or more of the following:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Popping sound in the jaw
TMJ is often related to a condition called bruxism, which means you grind and clench your teeth while sleeping. Both conditions may also be linked to sleep apnea, which is a potentially serious condition that means you stop breathing periodically throughout the night. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a sudden heart attack or stroke.
There may be several causes for TMJ, including stress.
TMJ Treatment in Pascoe Vale, VIC
Treating TMJ plays a crucial role in your well-being. Additionally, treating bruxism may save your teeth from undue wear.
Your dentist in Pascoe Vale relies on a custom-designed oral appliance. We base this appliance on a model of your oral structure. It may help both TMJ and bruxism—allowing you to sleep comfortably and not wake up with pain. This device may stop the tooth fractures and enamel wear associated with bruxism as well.
For TMJ Treatment in Pascoe Vale, VIC, We Welcome Your Call
Our team wants you to have a healthy and comfortable smile, and this includes the health of your jaw. If you have one or more symptoms of TMJ, or if you would like to arrange a consultation, we encourage you to reach out to a member of our dental team.