Most people give little thought to the daily movements and function of our jaw. However, for those suffering from a TMJ (temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint) disorder, the discomfort and pain that accompany movement of the jaw are the focus of their attention.
At Scott Ellard Dentistry, we offer treatments for TMJ dysfunctions to help you regain proper health and function of your jaw joints. Please call us at 269-329-1880 to learn more about TMJ treatment in Portage, Michigan, and to schedule your appointment with our caring dentist, Dr. Scott Ellard.
TMJ & TMD
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn or chew
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain in the neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. Treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. To learn more about TMJ treatment and schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact us today.