Do you hear crackling or popping sounds when you chew or speak? Maybe even some pain? You might have a TMJ disorder. While it is technically harmless in the grand scheme of things, this issue can drastically decrease your quality of life if left untreated. There’s no need to live with this problem when you can see an expert dentist in Birmingham who can help.
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. Many people will mistakenly call the disorder “TMJ,” but it’s actually known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. Ultimately, it is classified as the lack of proper joint function.
Treatment can vary, but TMD can often be taken care of through specific jaw exercises or wearing a nightguard as you sleep.
If you have TMD, it can be accompanied by a wide variety of symptoms. Each patient is unique, so you might have many of these signs or only a few. The most important thing to remember is that if they start affecting your life in a negative way, you should see a dentist for proper treatment. Some of the symptoms include:
Wouldn’t you like to get rid of that pain and not have to worry every time you open your mouth wide as you eat? TMJ treatment can help you live a more comfortable life.
If you believe you might have TMD, Dr. Church and the rest of the team at Church Family Dental are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.