It is common for individuals to avoid dental appointments out of fear or anxiety. Unfortunately, putting off dental care can lead to serious dental health issues down the road, as small problems can turn into large ones when treatment is postponed. To help alleviate emotional and physical discomfort and make dental visits more comfortable, we offer our patients sedation option for a more relaxed treatment.
With sedation dentistry, you can receive the dental care you need without suffering undue stress or anxiety.
Jaw Pain (TMJ Treatment)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, commonly known as TMJ disorder or TMD, refers to a variety of problematic and often painful jaw joint malfunctions problems can cause severe pain, discomfort, jaw malfunction, and symptoms that radiate throughout other areas of the body.
Causes of TMJ
There can be many causes for developing TMJ including:
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Arthritis in the jaw joint
- Jaw imbalance or misalignment
- Simple overuse
- Movement of the jaw cushioning (TMJ disk)
- Injury to the jaw
- Injury to the tendons and musculature of the head and neck
What Does The Temporomandibular Joint Do?
The temporomandibular joint is the point of connection between your lower jaw and the rest of your skull. As the mechanism responsible for movement of the jaw, this joint controls hinging actions like opening and closing the mouth, as well as sliding motions that allow the mouth to open wider. As a result, the delicate temporomandibular joints are essential to functions such as chewing, talking, and yawning.