Loftus Family Dentistry
Joseph Loftus, DDS

Signs You Might Have TMJ

June 14, 2022
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Posted By: Loftus Family Dentistry

Are you looking for TMJ treatment near Addison, TX?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, but we commonly use the abbreviation to refer to disorders of this joint instead of the joint itself.

The TMJ is in front of the ears, a hinge-like construction that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Most of the time, this joint works as it should. However, disorders of the TMJ can cause pain and a host of complications!

TMJ Signs and Symptoms

TMJ symptoms can range from mild to severe. And in extreme cases, TMJ reduces life quality.

If you have TMJ, you might notice:

  • A clicking sound when yawning or chewing
  • Painful and muscular-looking jaws
  • Head, neck, ear, and shoulder pain

If your TMJ is related to bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth), you may also notice:

  • Short or worn teeth
  • Increased cavities
  • Tooth cracks and fractures

These symptoms can appear alone or in conjunction with TMJ symptoms.

Remember, you don’t have to have all these symptoms to be diagnosed with TMJ or bruxism.

How Your Addison, TX Dentist Treats TMJ

You can enjoy a pain-free smile and improved life quality with proper treatment. And treatment varies depending on your symptoms.

Therapy for TMJ ranges from special exercises, medications, or a custom nightguard. A nightguard, worn over the teeth during sleep, can also stop bruxism.

In severe cases, you may need surgery to correct TMJ disorders. But your Addison dentist has enjoyed success with our therapies!

For a TMJ Evaluation and Treatment, Contact Our Dental Office

We never want to see you in pain or put your teeth at risk. So, if you suspect bruxism or TMJ, we urge you to give us a call to schedule an evaluation with the dentist.

Patients visit us from all areas, including North Dallas, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, Plano, Farmers Branch, Hebron, and your neighborhood.

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