Your mouth performs many essential functions. To do these functions, your mouth relies on many working parts. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the connector between your lower jaw and your skull, is the joint responsible for all movements of your jaw, giving you the motion to eat, speak, yawn, and more. Irritation in the joint can lead to issues, including pain and difficulty performing simple tasks like eating and speaking. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help to treat the causes of your TMJ and give you your life back.
TMJ disorder, sometimes also called TMD, actually refers to some different issues that affect your temporomandibular joint, causing severe pain and impacting normal functions in your daily life. There are several issues that can lead to problems with your TMJ:
There are numerous symptoms that can indicate that you have an issue with your temporomandibular joint. Some of the symptoms, however, are not always obvious, and can often have you thinking that you have a completely unrelated issue. Symptoms include:
Before we can begin treatment, we first need to diagnose the cause of your temporomandibular joint issues. Diagnosis begins with an inspection of your mouth, with the help of an intraoral camera, checking your teeth and the alignment of your jaw. Next, we will take digital images (either digital X-rays or an ICAT scan) to see the hidden structures of your mouth and get a complete picture of what is going on.
Treatment for TMJ disorder depends mainly on the cause of the issue. There are several different types of treatments available:
Treatment for TMJ disorder can restore the quality of your life. If your jaw is causing you serious pain, contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to schedule your consultation.