What are TMJ disorders?

Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are your jaw joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to chew, speak, and swallow. There is a disc between the ball and socket of each joint that cushions the joint and allows the jaw to open, rotate, and glide. Any issues that prevent the TMJ from working correctly are known as TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your face, jaw, neck, and shoulders, and in the ear area. If you have any of these symptoms, Dr. Gregory G. Oman may recommend treatment for the TMJ in Bountiful, Utah. TMJ disorders can also make it difficult to open your mouth wide and can cause clicking sounds in the jaw joint when you open and close your mouth. These disorders can cause your jaws to lock and may result in an uncomfortable bite. TMJ disorders can be caused by teeth grinding, arthritis, movement of the soft cushion between the joint’s ball and socket, and stress.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

For some patients, TMJ disorders can be treated with a prescription medication. Muscle relaxers can relax your jaw so you do not grind or clench your teeth. Anti-anxiety medications can relieve any stress that is causing the disorder. Our dentist may also prescribe a night guard. This night guard is custom fitted to your mouth and will prevent teeth grinding from damaging your teeth and jaw. Feel free to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.