Maintaining a healthy smile is about a lot more than simply brushing and flossing your teeth. In truth, the very structure of your smile can make a huge impact on how your smile ages, and what kinds of dental problems you develop down the road.
One type of oral health problem that is very common among adult dental patients is TMJ disorder. The good news is that our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists have a number of treatment options to help you achieve a well-balanced, functional smile again.
TMJ dysfunction occurs when a patient’s temporomandibular joints—those joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull—are irritated or damaged. You may notice a host of annoying and even uncomfortable symptoms if you develop TMJ:
- A popping or clicking noise when you move your jaw
- Discomfort around the jaw/neck/ear
- A feeling that your jaw “locks” into place, and cannot open all of the way
- Increased instances of dental grinding
Over time TMJ disorder can cause your teeth to wear down unevenly, and your enamel to thin. That I why it’s so important for patients to seek treatment for TMJ problems as soon as these issues pop up. If you notice that top and bottom teeth are not coming together evenly, for example, talk to your dentist about undergoing a TMJ assessment.
Our team will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your TMJ issues. Then, we’ll recommend some treatment options. You may benefit from wearing a mouth guard at night to help guide your lower jaw into a healthy position. Some patients benefit from orthodontic treatment, which fixes bite issues, and takes pressure off of the patient’s temporomandibular joint.
The best way to get started is to give our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists a call to learn more about how TMJ issues manifest, and how they can be treated. We look forward to speaking with you!