Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction also known as TMD occurs when the joint connecting your jaw (mandible) to the rest of your skull (temporal region) is strained or otherwise does not function correctly. TMJ disorder can be extremely painful, cause chronic headaches, earaches, hearing loss, inhibits speech and chewing, and can lead to numerous other medical concerns. Still, if you mention TMJ dysfunction or TMD, many people aren’t quite sure what it is. Common misconceptions are that this joint discomfort is untreatable, and that it is the same thing as lock jaw (an infection from the tetanus bacteria). If you’ve experienced jaw pain, swelling or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, you may wish to visit Dr. Leslie M. Metzger of Monet Aesthetic Dentistry to find out more about TMD and possible treatments. Our practice is dedicated to providing patients with outstanding preventive dental care, and that includes screenings for TMD at every six month checkup. Call to schedule your appointment with our caring Farmington, MI team today.
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Have you ever heard of the temporomandibular joints? Well, even though they’re right by your ears, most people have never heard of them. These are the joints that sit on either side of your head just in front of your ears. These joints allow you to smoothly open and close your mouth. Unless they don’t. Patients with temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, often experience pain and other symptoms caused by TMJ. Fortunately, TMJ therapy can provide relief, and Dr. Leslie M. Metzger of Monet Aesthetic Dentistry in Farmington, MI, specializes in helping patients eliminate the symptoms of TMJ.
TMJ Therapy Relieves Many Symptoms
The most common symptom of TMJ is, unfortunately, pain. The pain usually happens when you chew, bite or yawn and is felt in the temporomandibular joint, as well as the surrounding areas including your ears, neck, head and shoulders. Other symptoms may include:
- A clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Sensitive teeth
- The feeling of an earache, but no sign of infection
- Changes to your bite or a misaligned bite
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth, or feeling like your jaw is locked
TMJ Therapy Treatment
Regardless of why you have TMJ disorder—and the culprit may be teeth grinding, an improper bite, or an injury to the head, face or neck that affects the jaw—the solution may be a custom-fitted oral appliance. Worn at night, this appliance or splint as it is sometimes called, reduces stress on the jaw and repositions the lower jaw so that it fits properly in the TMJ socket. Many patients quickly find relief from the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder with a splint.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you think that you or a loved one might have TMJ disorder, then call the office of Dr. Leslie Metzger at Monet Aesthetic Dentistry. We serve patients in Farmington, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Southfield, Plymouth, and Oak Park.
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