TMJ Cerritos, Long Beach, and Lakewood
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects the jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw, and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain stemming from the jaw joint and muscles that is responsible for controlling jaw movement. It controls essential oral functions such as opening and closing your mouth, chewing food, and even speaking. When patients experience misaligned bites, jaw pain, or general discomfort, the TMJ may be the source of the problem. Get the best treatment for your TMJ Cerritos has to offer with us at Innovative Smiles.
Every patient’s causes and reasons for TMJ pain can be different and vary from case to case. The team at Innovative Smiles can assess and develop the best approach for treatment. Jaw pain can be due to a multitude of factors such as genetics, arthritis, or prior injury to the jaw. Our comprehensive assessment will find the root cause of your jaw dysfunction and discomfort. In some cases, TMJ can be corrected with orthodontic treatments such as braces to help align the jaw and bite properly. Dr. Jesmine works with TMJ disorder patients to help them relieve jaw pain and discomfort so they can enjoy the benefits of full oral function.
Do You Have A TMJ Disorder?
The more you answer “yes” to any of the questions below suggests the likelihood that you may have a TMJ disorder:
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with muscle stiffness or soreness around your jaw?
- Do you frequently experience headaches or neck pain?
- Is it painful or difficult to open your mouth?
- Have you had a history of problems with other joints (like arthritis)?
- Do some teeth no longer make contact with each other when you bite?
Additional Issues Of TMJ Disorder
A common issue that may arise from TMJ disorder is the habitual grinding of teeth (bruxism), typically while sleeping. Furthermore, TMJ problems can develop and invite secondary symptoms when not treated promptly. Pain of ancillary parts to the TMJ can result in pain to the: teeth, ears, neck, and even shoulders. An additional detriment of TMJ disorder can be sleep-related issues such as snoring and sleep apnea.
Call To Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing serious pain in your jaw, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve expert dental care to treat TMJ dysfunction to the greater area of Cerritos, Long Beach, and Lakewood! Contact our office to schedule your consultation today (562) 247-3864.