What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the spot where your jaw attaches to your skull so you can open and close your mouth with ease. Sometimes, the TMJ is damaged or injured, leading to a debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you are having pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, then schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Edward Knight to determine if you have TMD. At Knight Dental Care in Midland, MI, Dr. Knight uses innovative equipment to examine, diagnose, and treat your TMD to ease painful symptoms. Your treatment will be customized, depending on the cause and condition of your TMD, but some typical options are mouth and/or night guards, bite modification, dental restorations, and more.
How Do I Know if I Have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
TMD might be caused by an injury to your jaw, chronic jaw clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism), or dental malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth). Medical conditions that might result in TMD include a tumor in your TMJ or arthritis. Sometimes, the reason for TMD is unclear, but if you're having symptoms and signs, Dr. Knight can still diagnose and care for your jaw. The most common signs of TMD are tenderness or pain at the jaw joint, involuntary contractions in your facial muscles, feeling as though your jaw is stiff or stuck, a pop or click noise when you open your mouth, and headaches that begin around your ears.
How is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Diagnosed?
To diagnose your TMD, Dr. Knight will listen carefully to your concerns, ask any follow-up questions, and perform a physical examination. During his exam, he will review the movement of your jaw and look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. He will also feel your jaw joint and surrounding area for swelling and tenderness. Depending on his findings, Dr. Knight might order digital x-rays of your lower head, along with a bite analysis to search for underlying causes that will determine your therapy approach. Based on his exam and the x-ray results, Dr. Knight will go over your treatment choices, which could include a mouth guard, orthodontics, or restorations (bridges, crowns, and dentures).
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment
If you have pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that makes it difficult to chew, talk, and enjoy your everyday life, Knight Dental Care may have a solution for you. Since there are a variety of causes, symptoms, and solutions for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), make an appointment with Dr. Edward Knight in Midland, MI. He can perform a detailed examination before diagnosing and discussing treatment choices. Get in touch with our friendly office staff for more information on TMD, cost, financing, insurance, or to schedule your appointment.