Taking care of your oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing your teeth. If you frequently clench your teeth or experience a jaw injury, you may be at a greater risk of developing a jaw joint disorder. At Owens Orthodontics, our team can help you find relief to restore your health and quality of life.
The TMJ is a joint on either side of your jaw that links your jawbone and skull together. The TMJ allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side to talk, chew and yawn. If you are experiencing a TMJ disorder, it may become painful to move your jaw.
While orthodontic TMJ specialists do not know the exact cause of TMJ disorder, it can result from muscular issues in your jaw or in the parts of the joint itself. An injury to your jaw, joint or head and neck muscles, such as whiplash, can also result in a TMJ disorder.
Some additional factors that can cause TMJ disorder include:
The severity of TMJ disorder symptoms can vary between patients. TMJ disorder can be temporary, long-lasting and affect one or both sides of your face. Some of the most common symptoms you may experience include:
While the best solution will depend on your specific needs, some common treatments for TMJ disorder include:
Start living your life pain-free again with TMJ relief from Owens Orthodontics. Our kind and compassionate staff will take the time to understand your needs and treatment goals to develop a personalized orthodontic solution.
To learn more about our TMJ orthodontics services or schedule your first free initial consultation, contact us online or call us at 865-234-2044 today!