The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull. When these joints are injured or strained, you are at increased risk for developing a TMJ disorder.
If you have persistent pain in your jaw, jaw joints, ears, or face, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our Holland dentist. We’ll be able to determine if your symptoms are caused by a TMJ disorder and whether a night guard or oral splint would help.
Risk factors for TMJ disorders include:
- Misaligned bite
- Jaw injuries
- Teeth grinding
- Certain types of arthritis
How We Diagnose TMJ Disorders
To diagnose a TMJ disorder, your dentist will need to physically examine your jaw. During the exam, your dentist will press down on your jaw to identify pain points and evaluate your jaw’s range of motion. Your dentist will also ask you to open and close your mouth while they listen and feel your jaw. As a final precaution, we take dental X-rays to get a better look at your teeth and jawbones.
How We Treat TMJ Disorders
If you are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend an oral splint or night guard. These removable oral appliances are designed to relieve the stress put on your jaw joints while you sleep. For example, your dentist may recommend a night guard if teeth grinding is causing your TMJ disorder.
Get TMJ Relief
Our Holland, MI, TMJ disorder dentist is dedicated to helping you achieve good oral health. If you are interested in learning how to alleviate your TMJ symptoms, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.