Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Phoenix, AZ
Your mouth performs numerous essential tasks every day. To do these tasks, your mouth relies on several components. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint at which your lower jaw meets your skull and is located just in front of your ears. This joint is important for the movement of your jaw – opening your mouth, closing it, and moving it from side to side. If the joint becomes irritated (and subsequently inflamed), it can lead to severe pain that interferes with your everyday activities, and your quality of life. At David R. Moyer DDS, we can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a broad term that covers a wide variety of different issues that affect your jaw and the temporomandibular joint. When your TMJ is irritated and therefore inflamed, it can greatly interfere with your quality of life, making normal, simple, daily tasks painful. Symptoms that point to a problem with your TMJ include:
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are several causes of TMJ disorder. Many of the causes are not always apparent, which can make pinpointing the exact cause more difficult. Causes of TMJ disorder include:
How is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed?
To provide you with the most effective treatment for your TMJ disorder, we must first perform a thorough oral exam to diagnose your exact issue. We begin with a visual inspection of the interior of your mouth. We check your teeth for alignment issues and signs of wear. We will also look at the outside of your mouth to assess alignment. X-rays will be taken, which will allow us to see the structures of your mouth hidden below the gum line. Once we have pinpointed the cause of your TMJ disorder, we can then create an appropriate treatment plan.
What Treatments Are Available?
There are several treatments available for TMJ disorder. Your treatment will depend significantly on the exact cause. Common treatments include:
You don’t have to suffer from TMJ pain. If your TMJ is causing you problems, call David R. Moyer DDS at 480.935.6295 to schedule your appointment today.