TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) disorder is a condition that occurs when the hinge that connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull ceases to function properly. This hinge allows you to move the jaw up and down, which enables you to chew, speak, yawn, and do many other things. TMJ disorder (sometimes referred to as TMD) can be caused by teeth grinding or clenching, arthritis in the joint, or stress, which can at times lead you to tighten your jaw muscle. At Brandon Burger, DDS, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in your jaw, jaw joint, face, ears, or neck
- A jaw that gets stuck when opened or closed
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when you open your mouth, which may be painful
- Toothaches, headaches, dizziness, or ringing in the ears
Depending on your needs, Dr. Brandon Burger may recommend facial muscle relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, medication, a splint or a night guard, or dental treatments such as crowns or bridges. Depending on your individual needs, we may recommend different services to help alleviate the difficulties and discomfort. If you have any questions about treatments for TMJ in Hermitage, Tennessee, we urge you to contact us today. We are eager to meet you!