What is TMJ?
Our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects our lower jaw to the skull and allows us to open and close the mouth. This joint can become inflamed because of numerous medical reasons and cause chronic facial pain, limited mobility, and fatigue.
Pain in the jaw or ear area when chewing, yawning, or speaking
Inability to open or close mouth
``Clicking`` or ``popping`` noises when opening or closing mouth
Chronic head, neck, and upper shoulder pain
Earaches or ringing in the ears
Treating Teeth Grinding
There is not one right solution for every case of TMJ disorder. Dr. Gentner’s expertise and extreme attention to detail make her an ideal TMJ dentist to diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder and treat your jaw pain safely and efficiently. You may need to wear a bite guard to protect your teeth and jaw from the unnatural forces of teeth grinding, or you could benefit from an occlusal adjustment. With an occlusal adjustment, Dr. Gentner adjusts your bite by ever-so-slightly reshaping the biting and incisal surfaces of your teeth so they no longer put undue stress on each other when biting, chewing, or grinding. This small adjustment can make all of the difference and end your jaw pain for good.
Make Dr. Gentner your TMJ Dentist Today!
It is not known exactly what causes TMJ disorder, but we do know that some contributing factors include the following:
- Trauma to the Head or Neck
- Teeth Grinding or Bruxism
- Clenching Your Teeth