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TMJ Disorder & Treatment
Portland, OR

close up of woman with tmj symptoms touching her cheek at West End Dental in PortlandYour mouth is complex. It is made up of multiple components that allow it to perform a wide array of different functions every day, from eating to speaking, to expressing emotions. One of these components is the temporomandibular joints or TMJ. When these joints, and attached bones, ligaments, and muscles, are healthy, you are most likely completely unaware of their presence or what they are doing for you. However, if they become irritated and inflamed, you could be faced with extreme pain, and everyday actions can become incredibly difficult. West End Dental can help.

What are the TMJ?

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are the joints where your lower jaw, or mandible, connects with your skull. You have two of these joints, one on each side of your face. They are ball and socket joints, with a soft disc in the center. The joints, along with the attached muscles, ligaments, and bones, are responsible for the movement of your mouth. They enable you to open and close your mouth and to move your jaw from side to side. The discs function to absorb the impact that the jaw places on the joints.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a broad term that refers to some different issues that can impact the health of your TMJ. These issues can cause significant pain as well as interfere with the basic functions of your mouth. You may find it difficult, or even impossible, to do basic things like eating and speak.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder can be caused by some different issues. These include:
•  Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth. This condition can be caused by stress, tooth misalignment, or other issues, and places excessive pressure on your jaw and TMJ.
•  Facial trauma, which can result car accidents, sports injuries, or falls.
•  Jaw dislocation.
•  Whiplash.
•  Certain types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Disorder?

Feeling pain in your jaw and TMJ is one of the most common indications that there is something wrong. There are several other symptoms that can point toward TMJ disorder as well. These symptoms include:
•  Jaw and facial swelling.
•  Trouble, and pain, biting, chewing, and speaking.
•  Temporary lockjaw.
•  Clicking, popping, or grinding sensations when you move your jaw.
•  Chronic headaches or earaches.

How Can TMJ Disorder be Treated?

Treatment for TMJ disorder depends upon the severity of your condition and what has caused it to occur in the first place. Treatments for TMJ disorder include:
•  Home remedies. Minor TMJ issues can often be managed at home with over the counter pain relievers, ice, massages, and a soft, easy to chew, diet.
•  A night guard. Similar to an athletic mouth guard in design, a night guard is designed to be worn while you sleep. It functions to absorb the impact your jaw places on your teeth and jaws.
•  Orthodontics. If alignment issues are causing your TMJ issues, braces or invisible aligners can help.
•  Oral surgery. In severe cases, oral surgery can help to correct the issue and restore your quality of life.

With the proper treatment, we can help to alleviate the pain in your TMJ and restore your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call West End Dental today at (503) 446-2957.

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With the proper treatment, we can help to alleviate the pain in your TMJ and restore your quality of life. For more information, call us at West End Dental today.
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